Tuesday, August 5, 2014


MANILA-Vice President Jejomar C. Binay appealed to relatives of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in Libya to help convince their family members to come home given the worsening conditions there.

“Muli, nananawagan po ako sa ating mga kababayan tulungang kumbinsihin ang kanilang mga kaanak sa Libya na huwag nang makipagsapalaran at bumalik na sa ating bansa. Handa ang po ating pamahalaan na tulungan silang makauwi nang matiwasay para makasama nilang muli ang kanilang mga pamilya,” Binay said. 

The Vice President also assured OFWs of assistance once they return to the Philippines. 

"OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) has a reintegration program for those who will come home. Members may avail of livelihood assistance and other benefits," he added.

Binay encouraged families of OFWs in Libya to contact the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) at (02) 552-7105 / (02) 834-4685 or at oumwa@dfa.gov.ph.

Meanwhile, Filipinos in Libya can contact the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli to coordinate their repatriation. Binay said the Philippine government will shoulder their repatriation cost.

The Philippine Embassy in Libya is located at KM 7 Gargaresh Road, Abu Nawas, Tripoli. OFWs may reach them at hotline number (+218) 918244208, telephone number (+218-21) 483-3966, and official e-mail addresses tripoli.pe@gmail.com and tripoli.pe@dfa.gov.ph.

So far, only 831 of the estimated 13,000 Filipinos working in Libya have returned home despite the government announcing a mandatory evacuation of OFWs last month.

The DFA has also reported that safe routes for exiting the North African country have narrowed, leaving rescue by sea as the viable option.

Earlier, a Filipino construction worker was beheaded after being abducted by unknown suspects. That killing was followed by the gang rape of a Filipina nurse in the capital Tripoli.

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