Monday, 28 February 2011 14:12
Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has announced the arrival in the country of additional overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Libya early Saturday evening.
“As of 8:30 this evening, a total of 120 OFWs have already arrived home safely from Libya,” Baldoz said, adding, “we are expecting the arrival of a bigger batch of OFWs in the coming days."
In a media briefing held Saturday at the quarters of the DOLE Middle East Crisis Monitoring Group, the Labor chief disclosed that as of 8:30 p.m. Saturday, close to 1,900 OFWs were already out of Libya and on their way to the Philippines from different locations.
“Reports received by our office from the different Philippine posts indicate that there are a total of 1,860 OFWs in various locations such as Egypt, Spain, Tunisia, and Turkey awaiting their flights back home,” Baldoz disclosed.
The DOLE Middle East Crisis Monitoring Group reported to Baldoz that 236 are being evacuated outside Libya en route to Madrid while 1,503 OFWs are currently registered for repatriation at the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli.
As soon as the travel documents of said OFWs are processed, they will be immediately moved out of Libya.
The Labor chief, meanwhile, clarified that the ongoing repatriation efforts of the Philippine government in Libya is very much different from repatriation done to OFWs in Lebanon in 2006.
“In Lebanon, we had to locate and undertake repatriation activities on OFWs one by one as they were mostly household service workers. In Libya, we are fortunate that most of our OFWs are either professionals or skilled workers whose companies and employers are also helping in their relocation and repatriation,” she said. (PNA)
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