DFA: ‘Libya not safe for Pinoys’-A A +A
Monday, July 21, 2014
THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) strongly encouraged on Monday all Filipino nationals in Libya to return home as soon as possible, saying the North African country is no longer safe for them.
In a statement, the DFA said the latest security developments in Libya has already made it necessary for the Philippine government to raise Crisis Alert Level 4, which calls for mandatory repatriation.
"Alert Level 4 has been raised due to the latest security developments in Libya, the increasing violence and lawlessness, the closure of major airports, the heightened security threat to Filipinos," said the DFA.
The department cited as an example the kidnapping of a Filipino worker in Benghazi last July 15 and was confirmed dead over the weekend.
"These events indicate that it is no longer safe for our OFWs to remain in Libya. For their own safety, the DFA urges them to immediately contact the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli to register for repatriation," said the DFA.
To register for repatriation, the DFA said Filipinos in Libya can directly get in touch with the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli, which is located at KM 7 Gargaresh Road, Abu Nawas, PO Box 12508, Tripoli.
Also, Filipinos there can contact the Embassy through the telephone numbers (00218) 918-244-208 / (00218) 911061166, and the e-mail addresses firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com.
The DFA said a Rapid Response Team and an augmentation team were already sent to Libya to assist the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli in the repatriation efforts.
The Philippine Embassy in Tripoli has also constantly reached out to the Filipino community and to employers in Libya to brief them on the situation and inform them of DFA’s responses to the crisis.
In the Philippines, the DFA also opened 24-hour hotlines for families of OFWs in Libya, particularly for those who have questions and concerns about the conditions of their relatives in Libya.
Families of Filipinos in Libya may call the hotline numbers (02) 552-7105/(02) 834-4685 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DFA records show that there are about 13,000 Filipinos in Libya. (HDT/Sunnex)