PHL's rapid response team left for Syria‏

September 6, 2011 10:01 pm 

MANILA, Sept. 6 — Ten members of the government’s “rapid response team” left for Damascus, Syria on Tuesday as a support group for the Philippine embassy personnel in Syria.

The group, composed of officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Labor and Employment and the National Defense, left at 10:45 a.m. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport onboard Qatar Airways flight.

The DFA earlier said that President Aquino has planned to deploy a ten-member rapid response team who will be assisting OFWs on their return to the Philippines after the DFA raised alert level 3 for voluntary repatriation from Syria.

The team was headed by Maynard Maleon, which task is to boost the Philippine embassy staff where 562 Filipinos had expressed interest in availing for voluntary repatriation.

Reports said that Philippine officials in Syria have been dealing with Syrian employers who insist on compensation for unfinished contracts. (PNA) DCT/BLV/utb

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