(Update) PAL flight to Cairo now ready for Filipino repatriation

February 4, 2011 12:28 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 3 — A Philippine Air Lines (PAL) plane plying the Middle East route would be available for Filipinos in Egypt wanting to be repatriated to the Philippines due to political tensions in that Middle East country, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Arrangements have made by the Philippine Government for the plane to fly into Cairo “should more Filipinos of sizable number wish to come,” said DFA spokesperson Eduardo Malaya.

As of press time, 27 Filipinos are due for repatriation and will be leaving Cairo on Saturday, said Malaya.

On Wednesday, Philippine embassy officials in Cairo met with leaders and representatives of Filipino community organizations in Egypt for a briefing on the ongoing voluntary repatriation.

At the meeting were Charge d’Affaires (CDA) Eduardo Pablo Maglaya and Special Assistant Rico Fos of the DFA-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (DFA-OUMWA).

The repatriation contingency plans resulted from a directive of President Benigno Aquino III to ensure that the 6,600-strong Filipinos in Egypt are safe and not feeling neglected. (PNA)

DCT/GJB

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