ALERT: Chartered Ship with Filipinos Leave Benghazi, Libya

A chartered ship left Benghazi with 442 OFWs and seven labor attaches on board. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert del Rosario said the ship is due to arrive in Misrata on Thursday (4 p.m. Manila time) to fetch 365 more OFWs and head for Malta where a chartered plane will take them to Manila. He wants Filipino workers to board this chartered ship since there will be no more sea vessel for OFWs in Libya. However, he said that repatriation from Tripoli to Tunisia are going on well, averaging 150 Filipinos every other day.

The Philippine government has constantly reminded Filipinos in Libya to mandatorily leave due to the rapidly increasing violence in that country. DFA spokesperson Charles Jose announced they expect more Filipinos to be evacuated by land after Egypt vowed to reopen its border.

In another development, a number of OFW returnees are suffering from minor fear, anxiety and sleepless nights. Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, from a report by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), said 54 workers asked for stress debriefing upon arrival.

(Source: Manila Bulletin, August 15, 2014)

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