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13 non-marital kids in Jordan repatriated to PH

October 7, 2023 Cristina Lee-Pisco 238 views

THIRTEEN of 60 non-marital children in Jordan were repatriated on October 6, Philippine Ambassador to Amman Wilfredo Santos said.

The successful repatriation was made following countless efforts of the Philippine Embassy in Jordan, the ambassador said.

The 13 were the first batch of the 60 non-marital children that are scheduled to be repatriated this year, Santos said.

They were repatriated after almost a decade of continued discussion and appeal to the Jordanian government. The Philippine Embassy successfully secured an exceptional concession on August 10, 2023, paving the way for the repatriation of non-marital children and the waiving of the penalties for overstaying.

The children were previously barred from being repatriated to the Philippines due to the absence of a Jordanian birth certificate, a requirement for them to travel outside Jordan.

“This repatriation is a testament of the willingness of the two countries to resolve matters that affect the interests of Filipinos in Jordan.

We have proven that in coordinating closely with our host government. Now, our non-marital Filipino children accompanied by their parents can safely return to the Philippines,” Santos said.

Santos also commended the efforts of the Assistance to Nationals team of the Philippine Embassy for their hard work, dedication and commitment in working out the repatriation.

The Embassy facilitated the issuance of Philippine civil registration documents and travel documents.

The repatriation efforts were also made possible by the Migrant Workers Office, which bore the costs of flight tickets, bus transportation and temporary accommodation in the shelter a day before their departure.