OFWs in Libya can leave even without exit visas

Date Posted: July 31st, 2014 09:16 AM

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said overseas Filipino workers in Libya can leave the country even without an exit visa. "Labor Attache to Tripoli Nasser Mustafa has reported to Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac of the DOLE Quick Response Team that exit visa is no longer a problem for our OFWs. This after the Libyan Ministry of Labor has given the authority to bring all Filipinos out of Libya even without exit visas," said Baldoz. Citing the report, Baldoz said the authority means POLO officials in Libya will no longer need to negotiate with Libyan employers to issue exit visas for their Filipino workers. "This also means that Filipino workers who wish to avail of the mandatory repatriation need not beg with their employers to allow them to leave Libya," Baldoz explained. According to the report, Dr. Abdulrazzaq Jum'a Eltamtam, Undersecretary of the Libyan Ministry of Labor and Retraining signed the authority, allowing the exit of OFWs from Libya through the Republic of Tunisia. Secretary Baldoz bared this development after Labor Attache Mustafa reported that security continues to deteriorate in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. "The Libyan Civil Aviation Authority has announced the closure of Libyan airspace over western Libya, beginning 28 July, and lasting until the end of the upcoming Eid holidays. However, two airports, namely, Labraq and Tobruk, remain open," Mustafa reported. He also said there are OFWs who have registered under the mandatory repatriation, but are not staying in the Filipino Workers Resource Center, while some other are staying in the MWOFRC. Both groups of OFWs are just waiting for their repatriation tickets. Labor Attache Mustafa sent in his report a master list of 722 OFW repatriates, 549 of whom have actually left Libya for the Philippines. Baldoz had earlier instructed the DOLE Quick Response Team to reconcile the number of OFW repatriates with the data coming from the Department of Foreign Affairs. Meanwhile, Baldoz said the DOLE is ready and committed to address the welfare, employment, livelihood, and legal needs of OFW repatriates through its Assist WELL Program, a component of the National Reintegration Program for OFWs. "The DOLE has set up a package of comprehensive reintegration assistance and services under its Assist WELL Program to ensure that returning overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who voluntarily sign up for repatriation, or those who are compelled to go home under mandatory repatriation due to crises or emergency situations, are successfully reintegrated in the mainstream of Philippine society," Baldoz said. END



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