70 OFWs return home from Haiti

January 26, 2010 11:21 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 26 — Labor Secretary Marianito D. Roque on Tuesday said the Philippine government will repatriate 70 Filipinos from Haiti, which was devastated by earthquake, in two batches this week.

The first batch of 16, Roque said, will arrive at 5 am, Friday, January 29, on board Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight 103.

The second group of 54 is coming home via PAL 103 on Saturday, 5 am, January 30.

An OWWA team, led by Administrator Carmelita S. Dimzon, will be at the airport to meet the homecoming Filipinos and assist them in clearing immigration procedures at Terminal 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

The repatriation costs, Roque said, were advanced by the OWWA.

The repatriation is a joint effort of the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The Filipinos will be accompanied by OWWA welfare officers. From Haiti, they will be brought first to the Dominican Republic, and then to Los Angeles for the connecting flight home.

Administrator Dimzon said the government will offer livelihood assistance to the returning Filipinos, who are mostly service workers in Haiti.

The names of the arriving Filipinos will be announced as soon as they become available. Their relatives here will also be contacted about their arrival schedules. (PNA)

DCT/MPC

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