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35 ‘Pinoys’ rescued from Afghanistan

AT LEAST 35 Filipinos who worked and lived in Afghanistan have safely returned home, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday.

Based on data obtained by MDNN Research Department, the rescued Filipinos were all flown to Qatar by their employers and then transferred to a DFA-chartered flight to the Philippines.

This, after the government ordered the immediate and mandatory repatriation in the panic-gripped country of Afghanistan. The DFA-chartered flight also carried 203 distressed Filipinos from Qatar.

The DFA reported that the 35 Filipinos from Afghanistan and 203 distressed Filipinos from Qatar have arrived in the country at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1, on August 17.

There are still around 97 Filipinos left in Afghanistan according to the data from the Department of Foreign Affairs. These Filipinos have appealed to the Duterte administration that they are rescued out of Kabul, one of the large cities in the country which recently fell under the command of the Taliban rebels.

DFA said all the repatriates from Afghanistan and Qatar will receive USD200 financial assistance each prepared by the Philippines, for them to start a new life. They will receive the government’s cash assistance. Upon arrival, it was learned, the repatriates will undergo stricter quarantine protocols

“In line with the commitment of the DFA to protect the welfare and well-being of Filipinos overseas, we welcome home 238 distressed OFWs, who have sought repatriation assistance from the Department. The DFA acted decisively and brought them home” DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola said. (PNA)

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