Over 400 OFWs from Libya expected to arrive in Manila

Posted at 08/21/14 1:56 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Over 400 Filipinos who were evacuated from Libya are expected to arrive in Manila on Thursday evening.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said a third government-chartered plane left Manila for Tunis, Tunisia on Wednesday to fetch the OFW repatriates.

Philippine Airlines flight PR 8009 is scheduled to arrive at the NAIA Terminal 2 at 10:50 p.m., Thursday.

With the arrival of 400 Filipinos, this will bring the total number of Filipinos repatriated from Libya to more than 3,300.

The Filipinos left Libya via land route to Tunisia by the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli and the Rapid Response Team, which is composed of personnel from the DFA, DOLE, OWWA and Philippine National Police.

"We laud these Filipinos for their timely decision to come home... The window of opportunity to bring our kababayans to safety is closing fast. We appeal to our nationals who are still in Libya to get in touch with our Embassy and the RRT in order to begin the process of their repatriation," Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario stated.

At the NAIA, the repatriates will be assisted by representatives from the DFA, DOLE, and OWWA. They will be given assistance, including provision of fares and transportation to the repatriates' hometowns or provinces.

To register for repatriation, Filipinos can reach the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli through the telephone numbers (00218) 918-244-208 / 914-370-399 / 945-348-481 and the e-mail addresses [email protected] and [email protected]

The Embassy's address is KM 7 Gargaresh Road, Abu Nawas, P.O. Box 12508, Tripoli. Families can also call DFA’s 24-hour hotlines (02) 552-7105 / (02) 834-4685 to register their relatives in Libya for repatriation. They may also call these numbers for any questions and concerns, or send their queries by e-mail to [email protected]