The first batch of stranded overseas Filipino workers in Afghanistan have just arrived in the country, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday.

The said 22 Filipinos arrived from London and are currently undergoing the mandatory quarantine, the DFA said. 

“The DFA confirms that 2 more Filipinos, both part of the Doctors Without Borders organization, were evacuated from Kabul and are now in Dushanbe.”

The estimated number of Filipinos in Afghanistan is now down to 24 after reporting the recent evacuees, the DFA added

Among the 24, 16 of them are asking for repatriation either from their companies or the Philippine government. 

Currently, a total of 185 Filipinos have already fled Afghanistan since the Taliban took control of the country’s capital, Kabul.

The DFA further added that it “continues to work towards the immediate evacuation of the remaining Filipinos in Afghanistan.”

“The Philippine embassies and consulates-general across the globe continue to assist and closely monitor the status of Filipinos who have been evacuated from Kabul,” the DFA added. Ronald Espartinez