MANILA, Philippines – A group of 53 Filipinos who were repatriated from Israel has arrived in the country, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.
In a statement on Monday, the DFA said the repatriates landed in Manila on Friday after leaving Istanbul on Oct. 1.
The Filipinos were assisted by the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv under the voluntary repatriation program (VRP) of Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority (PIBA), the department added.
The flight included six senior citizens, a student, a lady with a medical case, and a one-and-a-half-month-old baby born in Israel who was issued an emergency travel document by the embassy.
The embassy said Filipinos have long wanted to go home but were stranded in the country due to the global pandemic and the series of lockdowns imposed by the Israeli government.
“Many of them have overstayed their visas in Israel, and I am glad that they will be able to at last reunite with their families after a long absence,” Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial said.
Imperial said the embassy and Israel’s immigration authority have been working together since last year to ensure orderly treatment for Filipino with no valid visas to enable their return to the Philippines.
“The embassy evaluates the applications and endorses them to PIBA, for further assessment and approval,” he said.
“VRP grantees are exempt from arrest and detention, and are provided free plane tickets to the Philippines,” he added.
The ambassador also expressed gratitude to Filipinos who have provided assistance to stranded fellowmen and those affected by the lockdowns.
The DFA said the second batch of 36 VRP grantees from Tel Aviv is expected to arrive in Manila on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Consular Office in Malolos, Bulacan will resume its operations on January 28 after its temporary suspension for disinfection.
In an advisory, the DFA said the consular office will also undergo implementation of other preventive measures to manage risks against COVID-19. Individuals with appointments were advised to secure another appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
– Name – Date of Birth – Original appointment date and time – Preferred date and time of new appointment The preferred new appointment may be on any working day (Monday to Friday) from 28 January to 28 February 2021 during the CO’s regular operation hours (9:00 AM to 4:00 PM).
Meanwhile, applicants who will be needing emergency or urgent consular services may contact CO Malolos at email@example.com. AAC
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