MANILA, Philippines – Thousands of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) flocked to the Philippine Embassy in Beirut to avail of the free mass repatriation scheduled for February next year.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on its website said most of those who applied for repatriation were women with some children in tow.
“This free repatriation project is the Philippine Government’s response to the numerous requests received by the Embassy from Filipino workers who have long overstayed or have recently lost jobs and income opportunities as the country is suffering from economic and financial woes,” the DFA posted on its website.”
The Embassy announced the opportunity on December 3, 2019, then started the registration on December 15, 2019.
Since then, thousands of Filipinos living and working in Lebanon surged the Embassy along with their family members to register.
Applicants were informed to personally come to the Embassy to fill out forms and submit the necessary documents such as passports, birth certificates, and marriage certificates if married to avail of the one-time mass repatriation program.
The Philippine government assured to provide free air tickets and settle the penalties of those who will be issued clearance by the Lebanese immigration authorities prior to the repatriation.
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