28 OFWs to arrive from Yemen

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

CLOSE to 30 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), most of them medical workers have decided to go home to the Philippines and will be repatriated from Yemen.

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, citing a report of Labor Attache David Des Dicang said that the 28 workers will be repatriated as soon as the Philippine Embassy in Yemen has facilitated their exit visa and flight bookings

"Labor Attache Dicang has arrived in Yemen and has reported that the situation in that country is tense. He has scheduled meetings with the Filipino community in Yemen to inform and update them on developments," she said in a statement.

The labor attache is in Yemen to assist in the repatriation of OFWs from that country following a bombing incident that claimed the lives of seven OFWs and injured 11 other OFWs.

The situation in Yemen has become politically volatile and stable, prompting the Philippines, through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), to re-impose a ban in the deployment of overseas Filipino workers to that country, upon the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs, which cited Yemen as a security risk for OFWs.

Dicang reported that the number of Filipinos in Yemen is estimated to be at 1,300, noting that the estimate needs updating since according to him, many Filipinos come to Yemen on visit visas.

With this, Baldoz has directed the POEA and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to cross-check their databases of OFWs in Yemen to ensure accuracy.

Likewise, she directed the OWWA to prepare its repatriation and reintegration assistance and services for repatriates from Yemen. (FP/Sunnex)

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