By Roy Mabasa
The Philippine government on Wednesday asked the government of Israel to treat overstaying Filipinos who need to be repatriated in an orderly and benignant manner, especially since children may be involved.
This concern was raised by Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for the Middle East and African Affairs Leslie Baja with Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Director General Gilad Cohen at the sidelines of the annual bilateral consultations between the Philippines and Israel.
Baja asked the Israeli official “in the spirit of friendly relations” between the two countries to treat overstaying Filipinos in an orderly and benignant manner, adding that Filipino workers have a responsibility to observe the immigration laws of the host government.
The Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv is also coordinating with Overseas Worker Welfare Administration for additional welfare and reintegration assistance.