Twenty-six (26) Filipinos are scheduled to arrive from war-torn Syria today, March 31, in line with the Philippine Government’s Mandatory Repatriation Program (MRP).
The repatriates will be arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal I at 4:00 p.m. on board Qatar Airways flight QR 926. Upon their arrival, the number of Filipinos repatriated from Syria since March 2011 will reach 5,275. Of that number, 2,248 were repatriated via Lebanon through the combined efforts of the Philippine Embassies in Damascus and Beirut.
The repatriates’ airfare was shouldered by the Intenational Organization for Migration in Damascus.
The Department of Foreign Affairs continues to appeal all Filipinos who are still in Syria to seek immediate repatriation. For assistance, they may call the Embassy in Damascus at 00963-11-6132626, 00963-949155557, and 00963-934957926 or send an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The families of Filipinos in Syria may also provide the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) with up-to-date information regarding their next-of-kin’s present location and contact details in Syria. Those who wish to do so may call the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (OUMWA) at (02) 834-3240 or 834-4583 or the DFA’s 24-hour Action Center at (02) 834-3333.
Press release courtesy of the Department of Foreign Affairs, 31 March 2014.