Over 40 distressed Filipinos from Lebanon back in PH – DFA

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – Another batch of distressed Filipinos repatriated from Lebanon has arrived in the country on Wednesday, February 5, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

The latest batch, which includes 31 female adults and 15 minors, was welcomed by the DFA-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (OUMWA) and the Inter-agency council against Trafficking and its member agencies when they landed in Manila.

The DFA said the total number of repatriated Filipinos from Lebanon has now reached 163 since the voluntary mass repatriation program at the Philippine Embassy in Beirut started in December 2019.

Under the program, the DFA shouldered the repatriates’ airfare to Manila and the transportation to their respective provinces.

The department also secured their exit visas and provided them shelter while their cases were being resolved at the Lebanese Immigration Office.

The Philippine government on January 9, 2020, raised the crisis alert in Lebanon to level 2, which means restriction phase, in view of the economic crisis being faced by the country.

The DFA said the alert level was also raised “in order to strengthen the enforcement of the ban on the deployment of new workers to Lebanon.”

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