6 of 31 OFWs from Syria can't go home to Zambo
MANILA – Thirty-one overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) arrived safely in Manila from Syria on Friday.
But while they are happy to be spared from the strife in Syria, some have mixed feelings about returning to their hometowns.
One such OFW is Haidee Rivera, 27 years old. Rivera hasn't seen her two children for three long years while employed as a domestic worker in Syria.
Rivera, one of the nine documented OFWs from the batch of the latest repatriates, said that while she longs to be with her family again, she is also worried over the conflict in Zamboanga and Basilan.
According to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, six of the 31 repatriates, including Rivera, are from Zamboanga and nearby provinces.
Since commercial flights to Zamboanga are still suspended, the OFWs will temporary stay at the OWWA halfway home.
With their arrival, the number of Filipinos repatriated from Syria now reach 4,772.