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Philippine Embassy: Repatriation of OFWs in Libya ongoing

Philippine Embassy

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

OFWs in Libya go home. Repatriation is now going on for Filipinos in Libya. The Philippine Embassy there spearheads this move. It started last Monday and still on. Relatives of the affected overseas contract workers and concerned people must read this:

Filipino Repatriation

24 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from war-torn Libya are already home. The Philippine Embassy initially repatriated them. They started in Tripoli last Sunday (March 6). The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announces the move. Hoping to convince more OFWs to listen their pleas.

The Filipino workers are urged to go home. This is part of the government’s ongoing mandatory repatriation program. The country remains under Crisis Alert Level 4.

Still Ongoing

“The repatriation is a continuing program in response to the precarious peace and order situation,” the DFA said in a statement.

Repatriation costs are covered by the Philippine government. So, they should not worry about the expenses. Assistance will also be prepared for them.

Appeal to Remaining OFWs

The Embassy appeals to OFWs still in Libya to avail of the mandatory repatriation program.

A total of 5,688 Filipinos have been repatriated by the government as of Sunday. However, an estimated 2,940 still remain in Libya, the DFA said. This is a large number to consider. It might become difficult as war becomes intense.

Reasons to Remain

Some OFWs in Libya would rather stay there despite the war because of the following reasons:

  • Don’t know how to support the family back home
  • Labor jobs in the country are poorly compensated
  • Shameful to go home as a failure
  • Still hoping that situation will stabilize in the host country

Might be too Late

However, Filipinos there should consider following the Philippine Embassy’s call before it’s too late. No repatriation will be facilitated if there’s no visible threat in Libya. Hopefully, they will come to their senses before it’s too late. It’s mandatory. Please go home.


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