Phl appeals to Israeli gov’t to treat overstaying Filipinos in humane, sensitive manner
Maris Federez • June 24, 2019 • 948
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has appealed to the Israeli government to treat overstaying Filipinos in a humane and sensitive manner.
The appeal stemmed from a report that the department received on the scheduled deportation of Filipino workers from Israel.
In a statement it released last Friday (June 21), the DFA said that “while the Philippines respects Israeli laws, it reiterates its request for the Israeli government to treat overstaying Filipinos in a humane and sensitive manner, since children may be involved.”
It added, however, that the department has called on “Filipinos in Israel to observe the host country’s laws.”
The DFA also confirmed that “the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel is already coordinating with the Population and Border Authority (PIBA) to facilitate the repatriation of overstaying Filipinos and their families.”
It added that PIBA “will provide repatriation tickets to those who are endorsed by the Embassy.”
The DFA also reiterates that it is “ready to provide the necessary assistance to affected Filipinos, and is working with other government agencies on reintegration programs for those who will be repatriated.”
“Affected Filipinos are requested to proceed to the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv to receive (an) orientation on the repatriation program as well as government reintegration services,” the press statement added. /mbmf
The Nueva Ecija Provincial Government has appealed to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to have a better system on returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
Atty. OJ Cornejo, officer-in-charge of the Provincial Assessor’s Office, said it has become a challenge for the provincial government to verify if the returning OFWs are negative of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
He said the OFWs do not have sufficient documents to prove that they have tested negative for COVID-19.
“Nag-message po ulit sila Sunday night na may uuwing dalawa pero wala pa iyong documents. Hindi pa nila pinapadala so hindi po ma-approve. We need to see po muna iyong negative result ng test and iyong quarantine certificate na nag-undergo na talaga quarantine iyong OFW (They sent a message Sunday night that two OFWs are returning but they have no documents yet. They haven’t sent it yet so it wasn’t approved. We first need to see the negative result of the test and the certificate that they underwent quarantine),” he said.
Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio Umali said they need a more accurate list from OWWA so that they will be able to implement the proper safety protocols for returning OFWs.
“For instance pupunta pala ng Aurora pero Nueva Ecija ang nakalagay, so importante na makuha natin ang tamang listahan so that ang ating mga mayors, LGUs, will be able to prepare sa ating returning OFWs (For instance, they are going to Aurora but the document says Nueva Ecija. So it’s important for us to get the right list so that our mayors, LGU, will be able to prepare for our returning OFWs),” he said.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) previously reported that 24,000 OFWs will be returning to the country in the coming days and around 40,000 by next month. AAC (with reports from Danny Munar)
MANILA, Philippines – More than 300 Filipino seafarers repatriated from cruise ships docked in Germany have arrived in the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the DFA said the group was among the crewmembers of Sea Chefs and TUI cruises who had to wait for two months to be repatriated after their usual cruise liner routes, mainly in the Caribbean region, were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The repatriated Filipinos landed in Manila on May 25 after they departed from Hamburg via a chartered TUI Airlines flight, the department said.
The repatriates were assisted at the send-off by TUI staff, Philippine Ambassador to Germany Ma. Theresa Dizon-De Vega, and Labor Attaché Delmer Cruz, it added.
Before boarding, Ambassador Dizon-De Vega expressed appreciation to the Filipino crew for their patience and understanding, as well as the companies for their coordination.
“It has been a very difficult period for all of you and we look forward to the time when you can all come back to work in the cruise industry,” Dizon-De Vega said.
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