312 OFWs from Ethiopia return home

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DAVAO CITY — A total of 312 Filipino workers in Kombulcha, Ethiopia are returning home via Qatar Airways to the Philippines on 29 April 2020.

The Department of Foreign Affairs in a pess statement sad the worker are employed by Yapı Merkezi, Inc., a Turkish company specializing in design and construction of buildings, heavy construction and railway projects.

The OFWs left Kombulcha for Addis Ababa on the evening of 27 April 2020 for their flight to Doha, and then for their onward flight to Manila.

The successful repatriation of the said Filipino workers was made possible by the organization and funding of Yapi Merkezi and its close cooperation with the Philippine Embassy in Egypt who assisted in the documentation and coordination with the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila.

Before their repatriation, the Filipinos work as machine operators, skilled workers and engineers in the Awash- Kombulcha-Hara Gebaya (AKH) Railway Project in Ahmara Region in northern Ethiopia. The first group of thirty (30) Filipinos arrived in the AKH construction site in April 2017.Yapi Merkezi will be rehiring the Filipino workers when the COVID-19 pandemic ends.

The foreign affairs department is doubly working for the safe return of Filipinos who are still abroad.-NewsLine

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