1,000 OFWs to be repatriated from Libya
Mayen Jaymalin (The Philippine Star) - April 17, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — At least 1,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families are set to be repatriated from Libya as the armed conflict in the North African country intensifies, an official announced yesterday.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said the six-member team of labor personnel and welfare officers would start the repatriation procedures immediately upon their arrival in Libya on Monday.

“If the situation worsens, the number of OFWs to be repatriated may increase but expected to be within manageable level,” Bello said.

Children of Filipino workers will be prioritized during the repatriation, he said.

Bello said labor and welfare officers who were previously assigned in Libya have been deployed to avoid difficulty in locating the OFWs.

According to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office, foreign students, including 23 Filipinos, were ordered to leave the Islamic Call College due to security threats.          

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