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32 Filipino repatriates to arrive Wednesday—DFA

First Posted 16:33:00 02/08/2011

MANILA, Philippines?The second batch of Filipinos fleeing the hostilities in Egypt will return to the Philippines on Wednesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

In a report, the Philippine Embassy in Cairo said 32 Filipinos will leave the city Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. (Cairo time) and arrive in Manila on Wednesday at 3:15 p.m. (Manila time) after taking part in the DFA's voluntary repatriation program.

Composed of 15 women, eight men and nine children, the second batch of Filipinos staying at the embassy chancery received assistance for their flight from the International Organization for Migration offices in Cairo, the DFA said in a statement.

The first batch of 26 Filipino repatriates arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Sunday afternoon.

Before leaving for the airport, the second batch of repatriates will assemble at the Embassy chancery where they will undergo a quick medical check-up, be briefed on the flight details, and fed lunch and snacks.

A certification will be issued to the Filipinos indicating the circumstances behind their repatriation, which they may use when transacting with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency and/or the Egyptian Embassy in the Philippines.

The Department of Labor and Employment will also provide post-trauma debriefing and counseling, as well as a repatriation package, the DFA said.

According to the Embassy, there have been no reports of attacks targeting foreigners in the continuing protests in Egypt and there was no need for mandatory evacuation of Filipino community members at this time.

The embassy observed ?signs of normalization? on the streets. ?The heavy traffic is back, most stores are open, banks are open, the neighborhood watches are starting to be dismantled, and the curfew hours have been shortened from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.,? it said.

The DFA earlier issued a travel advisory on Egypt urging Filipinos who have plans to visit that country to defer ?non-essential and non-urgent travels,? until the security situation has stabilized.

The agency also set up a 24-hour hotline number at the DFA-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs for relatives of Filipinos in Egypt who would like to inquire about their relatives. The hotline is 834-4580.

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