Philippines to repatriate workers from
Ebola-hit West Africa
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[August 25, 2014]
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines
is pulling out almost 3,500 workers from three West African states due
to the Ebola outbreak, the foreign ministry said on Sunday, a day after
Filipino troops in Liberia were ordered to go home.
"We are preparing for the implementation of mandatory repatriation
of Filipinos in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in view of the
threat posed by Ebola," Charles Jose, a foreign ministry spokesman,
said in a text message to reporters.
There are 1,979 workers in Sierra Leone, 880 in Guinea and 632 in
Liberia, including 148 soldiers deployed with a U.N. peacekeeping
force, the ministry said.
On Saturday, the defense ministry announced it was recalling all
soldiers deployed in Liberia.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the current Ebola
epidemic - the world's worst ever with 1,427 documented deaths -
will likely take six to nine months to halt.
Jose did not say how the government would repatriate the workers.
Earlier this month, the Philippines sent a boat to evacuate 800
workers from Libya, a country experiencing civil conflict, and
chartered two planes to fly them home from Malta.
There are an estimated 10 million Filipino workers across the world,
sending home around $20 billion every year in remittances.
(Reporting by Manuel Mogato; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
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