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Thursday, April 21, 2011

51 OFWs from Japan back home


MANILA, Philippines -- The second batch of Filipinos repatriated by the Philippine government from Japan arrived in the country Wednesday afternoon.

A total of 51 passengers provided with plane fares on Philippine Airlines flight PR431 from Narita, Japan which arrived in Manila at 1:19 p.m. Wednesday. Of the 51 passengers, 23 were Filipina residents of Fukushima Japan, two Japanese husbands and 26 children.

The group was accompanied on the flight by DFA Special Assistant lawyer Rico Foz.

DFA Undersecretary Antonio Rodriguez, together with representatives from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), personally met the group at the airport and extended to them the full assistance of the government such as transportation to their hometowns.

Aked if there were more Filipinos returning to Manila, Rodriguez said there is still a few but assured that they will repatriate anyone who is willing to come back to the Philippines.

"Ito lang muna ang gustong umuwi," said USec Rodriguez. "This is an open invitation. We will repatriate any and all who are willing to come back to the Philippines."

Atty. Foz said that should anybody else decide to avail of the repatriation assistance, they (DFA) will group them together first so they can purchase plane fares at a cheaper price.


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