Palace happy with repatriation of Filipinos from Libya

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

MALACAÑANG renewed Sunday its call to remaining overseas Filipino workers in war-torn Libya to avail themselves of the government's repatriation program.

Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., in an interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, said the Palace was happy over the repatriation of 766 Filipinos from North African country.

“Ikinalulugod naming ibahagi ang ulat ng Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) hinggil sa maayos na pagbabalik ng 766 na Pilipino mula sa Libya,” he said.

According to Coloma, the repatriated Filipinos where first brought to Malta via chartered ship, then flew to Manila via Philippine Airlines through the cooperation of the DFA, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa).

He added that the government is committed in bringing home Filipinos from Libya as the heavy fighting between rival militias continues.

Data from DFA shows that the total number of repatriated Filipinos now has reached 2,727.

The government continues to urge Filipinos in Libya as well as their relatives in the country to coordinate with authorities to bring them home safely.

“Nananawagan muli ang pamahalaan sa lahat ng mga Pilipino na nananatili sa Libya na makipag-ugnayan sa embahada sa Tripoli at magparehistro na para matulungang makabalik sa bansa sa lalong madaling panahon,” said Coloma.

Contact details of the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli, Libya are as follows: (00218) 918-244-208 / (00218) 914-370-399 / (00218) 945-348-481 with email addresses: and (SDR/Sunnex)

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