Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Libya War Update: 91 Pinoys in Libya Sign up for Repatriation

Libya based Filipino workers want to be repatriated from war-torn Libya.

Mayroon tayong mga 91 na nag-signify na of their intention to leave Libya,� said Foreign Affairs Spokesman Raul Hernandez.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), Hernandez said they are now firming up plans for repatriation with the help of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

This will be repatriation by sea,� he said.

Hernandez explained that they still have to convince more Filipinos to avail of the repatriation being arranged by the embassy.

On Monday, the DFA raised the alert level in Libya to 4, which means the mandatory evacuation and repatriation of Filipino nationals in the area at the Philippine government�s expense.

It�s alert level number 4 which is mandatory repatriation. But at the end of the day, it�s still the decision of our workers whether to leave or not. But given the circumstances, we are hoping that they would take this offer of repatriation,� he said.

However, Hernandez said that since it's dangerous to go out, Filipinos have been advised to stay in doors and wait for further advice from the embassy.

But for now, because the streets are full of danger, there are clashes in the streets, machine gun fires and explosions and even celebratory activities, we are enjoining our Filipinos in Libya not to go out into the streets but to stay in their home and workplaces and wait for the advice from the embassy in the preparation for their eventual repatriation,� he said.

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