OWWA: 38 more Filipinos from Ukraine en route to Poland for relocation

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 25) — Thirty-eight more Filipinos are fleeing crisis-hit Ukraine to cross Poland and eventually take a safer flight back to the Philippines, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) announced on Friday.

"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," OWWA chief Hans Cacdac told CNN Philippines' The Source.

Kyiv is the capital and the most populous city of Ukraine, which is facing military attacks from Russia.

"Currently there's a group of around 38 Filipinos on their way to the western border towards Poland," Cacdac said.

At this point, the primary assistance being given to the Filipinos in Ukraine is "bringing them to safer ground," he added.

He also said they are providing information on the exit and pick-up points for the OFWs' safe travel across the border.

OWWA and the Departments of Labor and Foreign Affairs are closely coordinating on assisting affected Filipino nationals.

DFA Undersecretary. Sarah Arriola on Thursday said four more Filipinos are expected to arrive home from Ukraine soon. The first batch of repatriates arrived in the Philippines last week.

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