19 OFWs from Syria back in the Philippines

Posted at 12/23/2012 12:53 PM | Updated as of 12/23/2012 7:11 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Nineteen distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Syria arrived in Manila on Sunday morning.

The repatriates, most of them undocumented, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 at 9:50 a.m.

Meanwhile, 16 more OFWS are expected to arrive in the country this afternoon.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario is currently in Syria to to ensure the safety of Filipinos in the conflict-torn country.

Del Rosario met with top Syrian officials to secure their support for the repatriation of the OFWs currently staying in the Philippine Embassy's halfway quarters.

The Syrian government has again agreed to waive all exit visa fees and penalties.

The DFA aims to repatriate other OFWs in Syria before the end of the year.

Del Rosario also met with the DFA's rapid response team to inspect a proposed relocation center for OFWs. – from reports of ANC and Dexter Ganibe, dzMM