DFA chief orders repatriation of Filipinos in Sri Lanka; 'Get them home'

Published May 29, 2022, 3:35 PM

by Betheena Unite

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. ordered the immediate repatriation of Filipinos in Sri Lanka who want to return home amid the ongoing economic crisis in the foreign country.

Anti-government demonstrators take part in a protest near the President’s office in Colombo on May 10, 2022. Fresh protests erupted in Sri Lanka’s capital on May 10, defying a government curfew after five people died in the worst violence in weeks of demonstrations over a dire economic crisis. ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP

“Get them home. We have the money,” Locsin ordered on Sunday, May 29.

Locsin was referring to Filipinos who would request for repatriation amid the ongoing financial crisis in Sri Lanka.

Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Sarah Lou Arriola said that the department, through the Philippine Embassy in Dhaka and the Philippine Consulate in Colombo, “continues to monitor the current economic crisis in Sri Lanka.”

They are also “closely coordinating with Filipino community leaders on the situation on the ground.”

The DFA last week pronounced that they are ready to repatriate nationals from the foreign country “should circumstances necessitate the return to the Philippines of OFWs.”

Filipinos in Sri Lanka who wish to return to the Philippines may contact the Philippine Consulate in Colombo through +94 114322267; +94 114322268; +94 112307162; [email protected]; or [email protected]

They can also reach out to the Philippine Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh through +88 01735349427 and [email protected]

Arriola said distressed overseas Filipino workers in Sri Lanka may also reach the DFA by sending a message to their Facebook page, OFW Help.

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