By Lily B Libo-on www.khaleejtimes.com
Four plane loads of Filipino evacuees from Djerba, Tunisia, arrived at Terminal 1 of Dubai International Airport on Tuesday night and Wednesday noon for immediate repatriation to Manila.
The planes carried an average of 170 Filipino evacuees in each flight. The 300 evacuees who arrived on Tuesday departed for Manila on Wednesday afternoon. They were met in Manila by officials from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (POLO-OWWA).
The arrival of the first four flights to Dubai signaled the beginning of the ongoing evacuation of Filipino expatriates from Libya via Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
The next flight, which would be bringing in 178 more Filipino expatriates from Djerba, was expected to arrive between midnight and early today.
Philippine Consul General Benito B Valeriano in Dubai told Khaleej Times that three more flights will arrive in Abu Dhabi today and from where their repatriation would be processed.
He said so far, the evacuation operation was going according to plan and that the Filipino expatriates are now on safe grounds.
A five-man team comprising a staff from the Philippine Embassy in Libya, two from the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi and one from the Philippine Consulate in Dubai is coordinating the cross-country evacuation at the Djerba border between Libya and Tunisia, he added.
Labour Attache Amilbahar B Amilasan is at the Dubai Airport to receive the Filipino evacuees with three of his staff processing their repatriation for Manila.
The evacuation will continue until all Filipinos are repatriated to Manila via Tunisia, Greece, Egypt and UAE.