DFA asks OFWs in Libya to go home immediately

Posted at 07/20/2014 10:17 PM

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Sunday strongly reiterated its call to all Filipino nationals in Libya to return home as soon as possible, after it raised Alert Level 4 in Libya.

Alert Level 4 was raised in Libya due to the latest security developments in the country, the increasing violence and lawlessness, the closure of major airports, and the heightened security threats to Filipinos, particularly in Benghazi, where a Filipino worker was kidnapped last Tuesday and confirmed dead Saturday.

These events, the DFA said, indicate that it is no longer safe for OFWs to remain in Libya. For their own safety, the DFA urged them to immediately contact the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli to register for repatriation.

Since the start of the crisis, the DFA has continuously monitored the security developments in Libya while remaining sensitive to the needs of OFWs in that country.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario went to Libya on May 28 to personally assess the situation on the ground. The DFA subsequently raised the Alert Level to 3 (Voluntary Repatriation) on May 29 due to the political and security instability there.

A rapid response team, as well as an augmentation team from the DFA, were also sent shortly to Libya to assist the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli in the repatriation efforts.

The Philippine Embassy in Tripoli reached out to the Filipino community as well as employers in Libya to brief them on the situation and inform them of the DFA's responses to the crisis.

The DFA also put up 24-hour hotlines for families of OFWs in Libya. Those who have questions and concerns about the conditions of their relatives in Libya can call the hotline numbers (02) 552-7105 / (02) 834-4685.

Families may also send their queries by e-mail to [email protected].

To register for repatriation, OFWs in Libya can directly get in touch with the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli.

The Embassy is located at KM 7 Gargaresh Road, Abu Nawas, P.O. Box 12508, Tripoli. Filipinos can contact the Embassy through telephone numbers (00218) 918-244-208 / (00218) 911061166, and e-mail addresses [email protected] and [email protected].