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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Embassy in Damascus disclosed that 35 Filipinos based in Syria are expected to arrive in Manila on Friday, May 3.
In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the group safely crossed the Syrian-Lebanese border on Wednesday, May 1. The Filipinos are now at the Philippine Embassy in Beirut.
The group will leave Doha, Qatar on Thursday, May 2, and will arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 on Friday at 11 pm aboard Qatar Airways flight QR 644.
Some 123 Filipinos have also been granted exit visas by the Syrian Immigration authorities and are awaiting repatriation. The Embassy in Beirut is currently processing their application for Lebanese transit visas and other travel arrangements.
The government is continuing its mandatory repatriation program amid worsening security conditions in Syria.
The DFA urges all Filipinos who are still in Syria to seek immediate repatriation. For assistance they may call the Embassy at +963116132626, +963968955057, +963934957926, +963992264145, +963968953340, or +963958903893.
The families of Filipinos in Syria may also provide the DFA with current information on their relative’s location and contact details.
They may call the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (OUMWA) at (+632) 834-3240 or (+632) 834-4583 or the DFA’s 24-hour Action Center at (+632) 834-3333. – Rappler.com