The evacuation of OFWs in Libya will happen anytime soon as the government urged all overseas Filipino workers in Libya to leave due to continuous conflict happening in the area.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said a team made up of personnel from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Association (OWWA) will be sent to Libya to assess the situation there.
“These are the people who have experience in repatriating our workers who are in the threat (areas),” he said.
The officials will be assisting in the repatriation of Filipinos in anticipation of “a possible escalation” of tensions in the North African country.
Should things take a turn for the worse, Bello said this could prompt the Department of Foreign Affair (DFA) to raise the alert to Level 4, which would result in forced repatriation which could happen “anytime soon.”
“We are expecting that eventuality…I hope we are wrong, but if it happens, we have to be ready,” he said.
The present alert level is 3 so it means that only the government can facilitate is voluntary repatriation. So far, only 12 Filipinos have agreed for voluntary repatriation.
The armed conflict in Libya, as it continue to elevate, had killed 75 people, including 17 civilians, according to the UN