POEA allows exemptions in Libya amid deployment ban

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said Wednesday it will continue to allow specific categories to be deployed in crisis-torn Libya despite crisis alert level 4 already raised there.

According to POEA Governing Board Resolution 17-2014, the POEA will continue to process and deploy those working in off shore oil rig platforms, provided they will not pass through mainland Libya not spend their vacation there; those married to Libyan nationals; and those working for international organizations, only if such agencies or organizations still maintain a presence in Libya.

"The POEA Governing Board resolves to allow the processing and deployment of the particular categories of returning workers," said the POEA resolution dated July 22.

The agency cited the advisory of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in coming up with the exemptions.

"Under the DFA advisory, only the following categories are exempted from the travel ban to Libya," said the POEA.

Last July 18, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) raised crisis alert level 4 in Libya due to the continued deterioration of the peace and order situation there.

However, the labor office said additional documents for the processing of the Overseas Employment Certificates of those working in off shore oilrig platforms will be required.

These are employer contingency plan for the evacuation and repatriation of the workers; and employer undertaking guaranteeing the safety of the workers during their stay in Libya, and readiness for their immediate repatriation as may be warranted, both of which should be verified by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (Polo).

"The undertaking shall clearly state the exact location of the work site of the workers," reminded the POEA.

Records indicate that there is an estimated 13,000 OFWs based in the crisis-torn Libya. (HDT/Sunnex)

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