FOURTEEN overseas Filipino workers (OFW’s) will come home from Iraq on Sunday.
This was according to Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Arsenio Andolong.
He said the first batch of Filipinos to be repatriated from Iraq went to the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad on Saturday and will be brought to Doha, Qatar before flying to Manila on Sunday.
“This number may increase, however, as the Embassy continues to call on other OFWs who wish to come home,” he said.
Andolong also said on Dobol B sa News TV that there were logistical concerns that is why the Filipinos to be repatriated from Iraq could not be brought directly to Manila.
“The first batch of evacuees numbering 14 is now at the Philippine embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. They will be transported to Doha, Qatar from where they will be flown to Manila on Sunday 12 January 2020,” Andolong said.
He said the number may increase as the Philippine embassy in affected countries continues to call on other OFWs who wish to return home.
He said DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu, Special Envoy to the Middle East, went to Qatar on Saturday to implement the repatriation and assess the situation in Iran, Iraq, Libya and other neighboring states.
“The situation in the area is still unstable and our contingencies for massive repatriation are still in place,” Andolong said.
Right now, the BRP Gabriela Silang, the newly acquired ship of the Philippine Coast Guard, is in Malta and ready to sail anytime to countries where Filipinos are in danger to ferry them to safer areas.
Andolong said the government is also monitoring Kuwait which just raised its security level to maximum on January 9, 2020.