DFA concerned about OFWs in Syria-A A +A
Thursday, August 29, 2013
THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) expressed concern for the welfare of the remaining overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Syria after the United States announced its planned attack on the conflict-stricken country.
Raul Hernandez, DFA spokesman, said the department is expediting the repatriation of an estimated 2,977 remaining OFWs in Syria because of the US' planned missile attacks that might begin on Friday (Manila time).
"We still have embassy personnel. We still have the rapid response team helping the repatriation, and they are open until they are able to help [everyone] and get them out from harm's way," he said.
Washington said it will launch missile attacks on Syria to send a message of criticism against the violent attacks on the alleged rebels by Syrian government forces. It was not intended to ask Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down from power.
A crisis alert level 4 or mandatory repatriation was activated in Syria ever since violence began there more than a year ago. But Hernandez clarified it is still the prerogative of the Filipinos there to avail of the repatriation or not. (CVB/Sunnex)