Come home, Binay tells OFWs in Syria

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Vice President Jejomar Binay. FILE PHOTO

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday called on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) still in strife-torn Syria to return home as soon as possible as “the situation is expected to worsen” in the Arab country.

Binay, the presidential adviser on OFW concerns, also appealed to the relatives here of the Filipinos in Syria to convince their loved ones to come home.

“I am calling on all our compatriots who are still in Syria to evacuate because the situation there is getting worse,” said Binay in Filipino.

“The government is ready to do everything to keep you away from harm. We have programs that could help you start again once you come back home,” he added in a statement.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said at least 3,000 Filipinos remained in Syria, where the violence between government and rebel forces has been escalating in recent months.

The Philippine government has implemented a total deployment ban of OFWs there.

Since the eruption of the civil strife one year ago, the Philippine government, with help from the International Organization on Migration, has repatriated more than 3,200 Filipinos from Syria, with more expected to be flown home soon.

The DFA has fielded a rapid response team to help Philippine Embassy officials in Damascus locate Filipino workers caught in conflict zones.

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  • Weder-Weder Lang

    Totoo po yan Sir Binay. Yung pinsan ko naipit sa Alepo, malapit daw sa Turkey border. Mabuti nalang nalagpasan nila at nasa refugee camp sa Turkey side. Tolda tolda daw, walang pasilidad. Naghahanap pa sya baka may mapasukan sa Turkey. Hirap nga naman ng buhay.

  • kilawon

     these PENOYs would rather die in syria than coming back here in pignas with little oppurtunity! or maybe, just  like the rest of the ignorant penoys who thinks the grass is always greener on the other side!

    • kanoy

       the pinoys in syria give a whole new meaning to the phrase ”A J0B TO DIE FOR” but if our gov can not see we are DYING TO WORK and continue to depend on the WORLD to create JOBS for FILIPINOS,,,,because those we ELECT CAN NOT….something is definitely wrong here

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FGLCSWEISCSAYRSODQ7MEOWLNI yahoo-FGLCSWEISCSAYRSODQ7MEOWLNI

    In Syria pinoys has bullets to bite, while in the Philippines has nothing to eat,

    • kanoy

       Oo,,we got,,,outdated obsolete expired bullets

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PMETJPLQYHRUZTKIADETEYTGXE Mario

    Over My Dead Body !!! Mr.Binay, Over My Dead Body !!!

  • John_Galt_II

    Ano ng gagawin niya sa mga tao? papatayin niya sa gutom?
    Epal lang tong maligno na to!

    • kanoy

       HAHA yea ”Give up your jobs come home and starve with your families” that bum BINAY did not even offer to pay their air fare or promise to pay for their return trip when the conflict ends…..like with ever rhing the government offers no financial aid why don’t BINAY  say ”COME HOME WE GIVE YOU JOBS!!”

  • mamamia

    Kelangan ba i headline pa ito? Come Home yun lang? PDI obvious macyado

  • opinyonlangpo

    Coming from Binay, it sounds more like a campaign rather that a sincere warning, a very late empty warning and even more empty promise.

  • Diepor

    Its time to condem Syria. Let us not look like cowards to the rest of the world.

  • disqusted0fu

    with everything thats been happening in the Phils, the OFWs are torn which place is better for them to live in.

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