PH Embassy in Lebanon Sends Home 280 Repatriates
BEIRUT 14 September 2021 — The Philippine Embassy in Lebanon sent home 280 overseas Filipinos on 12 September 2021, via sweeper flights that also landed at Manama, Bahrain before proceeding to Manila.
Filling almost three-fourth of the capacity of an Airbus A380, the group represented the Embassy’s largest batch of repatriates for the year, and was primarily composed of undocumented and distressed Filipinos in Lebanon. Two Filipinos from Lebanon with medical conditions, as well as five repatriates from Syria also joined the sweeper flights.
Philippine Ambassador to Lebanon Raymond R. Balatbat personally sent off the repatriates at the Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport (BRHIA). The repatriates eagerly thanked the Embassy for extending much needed assistance-to-nationals (ATN) services for various cases covering migration-related, legal, medical, and social welfare concerns.
Through this repatriation flight, the Philippine Embassy sent home two-thirds of its shelter wards housed in its Migrant Worker and Other Filipinos Resource Center (MWOFRC), which has been functioning at maximum capacity for some time.
The repatriates arrived safely in Manila on 13 September 2021, and were received and provided assistance by the Department’s Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (DFA-OUMWA) personnel. END