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Apr. 16, 19 | 11:11 am

There are two augmentation teams sent by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to Libya to extend support for the Philippine Embassy.

“In challenging times like this, our people can always look forward to an effective response from the DFA and other agencies of government,” Elmer B. Cato, Charge d’affaires in Libya, said in a social media post.

The teams are led by Executive Director Enrico Fos and Director Iric Arribas of the Office of Migrant Workers Affairs (OMWA).

There are about 1,000 Filipinos affected by the Alert Level 3 raised in Libya.

The augmentation teams are needed to extract Filipinos in Tripoli, the capital of Libya, and those living within the 100-kilometer radius.

The objective of the teams is to keep Filipinos from harm’s way if the situation in Libya escalates.

There are about 100 nurses at the University of Tripoli Medical Center who decided to stay in Libya.

“They told us they would rather stay than face an uncertain future in the Philippines,” Cato said.

“We respect their decision but as long as we are here, we will keep on trying to convince them and the rest of our people here in Tripoli that with the looming danger, it may be time for them to go home,” he added.

At the Oil Clinic managed by the National Oil Company, Cato said there are more than 150 Filipinos nurses and other hospital staff.

“Most of them are also veterans of the fierce fighting that took place in the capital in 2014. And just like the rest of our kababayan who are still in Tripoli, Filipinos at the Oil Clinic are convinced the situation will improve and that there is no need for them to go home,” he said.

Earlier, Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III announced that a total deployment ban has been imposed on Filipinos who want to work in Libya.

The order was issued as firefighting among warring factions continue in Libya.

Based on data from DOLE, there are 2,600 documented OFWs in Libya who are mostly medical and skilled workers while a thousand of them are in the affected areas.

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