Remaining Pinoys in Syria urged to leave now
KUWAIT - The Philippine Embassy in Damascus is doubling its efforts in repatriating Filipinos in strife-torn Syria amid the planned attack of the US.
"We have dedicated and committed embassy team here. Talagang walang iwanan. There are no plans of pulling out our embassy team here," said DFA Undersecretary Rafael Seguis.
There are still 157 OFWs at the Philippine Embassy in Damascus. Over 90 of them already have their exit permits that would allow them to cross the Lebanese border where they will take their flight home to the Philippines. The embassy thanked the Syrian government for expediting the exit visas of the OFWs.
"Habang bukas pa ang daan, ang border sa Lebanon makakauwi po sigurado, ihahatid po namin sa border," Seguis said.
Based on DFA records, some 4,568 OFWs have gone home since the mandatory repatriation was implemented in December 2011. There are over 3,000 Filipinos who are believed to be still in Syria.
"Sana pumunta na kayo dito sa embassy habang pwede pa kayong nakakalabas ng bahay ninyo. Huwag ninyong hintayin na hindi kayo makagalaw," he said.