Six Filipinos from Lebanon arrived Friday morning November 3, 2023 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 on board Emirates Airlines flight EK 336.
Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Officer-In-Charge Usec. Leo Hans Cacdac, OWWA Administrator Arnel Ignacio and Kabayan Partylist officials met the 6 repatriates at the airport upon arrival.
DMW OIC Leo Hans Cacdac said that a total of 10 OFWs have been repatriated from Lebanon; the first 4 Filipinos from Lebanon arrived last Saturday.
Cacdac also said that they are expecting another 33 OFWs from Lebanon who wished to be repatriated.
A certain Clarita from Echague Isabela, a documented OFW from Lebanon who worked for over 23 years with her Lebanese employer, said that she was forced to go home due to the rising tension in Lebanon “Masama na ang kalagayan duon, kaysa maipit pa ako kung sumiklab muli ang digmaan between Israel and Lebanon.”
She also said that she experienced before the war between Israel and Lebanon “kaya nagkaroon ako ng trauma na minsan hindi ako makahinga naalala ko at naririning lagi mga bombahan nuon.”
“My mind and my body are no longer in good condition, that is why I decided to be repatriated. Simple life lang ang gusto ko sa ngayon basta kasama ko muli pamilya ko ayos na sa akin. I have no intention to go back in Lebanon and 23 years is enough.”
Meanwhile, another 22 OFWs and 1 infant from Israel are expected to arrive on November 6, 2023
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