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OWWA evacuates over 38 Filipinos in Ukraine to Poland


WARSAW/KYIV – Amid Russia and Ukraine escalating conflict, thirty-eight overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are set to cross the border to the safer streets of Poland.

According to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa), 38 OFWs are already en route from western Ukraine to Poland.

In a television interview with CNN Philippines, OWWA Chief Hans Cacdac said 38 more Filipinos are fleeing crisis-hit Ukraine to cross Poland and eventually take a safer flight back to the Philippines. “The information we have at this stage is the in-country relocation of workers from Kyiv to a safer ground between Ukraine and Poland is being undertaken.”

“They are from the parts of Ukraine, where there is no military build-up of Russian forces. So, from there, they will cross over the borders to Poland,” Cacdac said.

The labor official also said that another 40 OFWs are eyed for relocation from eastern Ukraine, which is currently facing the Russian assault.

“There are still others that need to be transported out of Kyiv. We have been assured that our OFWs will be transported to safer ground in the west, towards the side of Poland,” said Cacdac.

He also stated that they are providing information on exit and pick-up points for the safe travel of OFWs across the border. The OWWA and the Departments of Labor and Foreign Affairs are working closely together to assist affected Filipino nationals.

According to Sarah Arriola, Undersecretary of the DFA, four more Filipinos are expected to return home from Ukraine soon. Last week, the first batch of repatriates arrived in the Philippines. 

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