15 Filipinos arriving from Syria in next 2 days

April 19, 2012 10:17 pm 

MANILA, April 19 — Judging a United Nations-brokered ceasefire in Syria as unreliable, the Philippine embassy in Damascus continues with its near-daily repatriation to bring more Filipinos there out of harm’s way.

For the next two days, 15 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will arrive in Manila on board four separate flights from the battle-wracked nation.

More than a thousand Filipino workers have been brought out of the beleaguered nation despite logistical problems since a civil war broke there months ago, the embassy claimed.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has raised alert Level 4 for Syria since last December, or the mandatory evacuation of all Filipinos. The tenuous ceasefire is in effect but the Philippine government ruled out lifting the alert because of the country’s uncertain security situation.

Airline seats have been difficult to secure as foreigners, including Filipinos and Indonesians, exit from the area. Many Filipinos have to take long-winded routes just to get home to the Philippines, Philippine Chargé d’Affaires to Syria Olivia V. Palala said, but she added that “we do not consider the cost. What is important is that we bring them home safely." (PNA) <be>scs/GJB

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