By Jerry E. Esplanada
Sixty more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have returned to the country during the past three days from strife-torn Libya, bringing to a little more than 800 the total number of OFWs who have availed themselves of the government’s free repatriation program.
By Niña P. Calleja
Thousands of Filipino overseas workers refuse to leave strife-torn Libya despite an urgent call from their government to get out while they still can, warning that the remaining exit routes are closing fast.
The Department of Foreign Affairs urged thousands of Filipino workers in Libya on Saturday to leave the strife-torn nation now while they still can, warning that the remaining exit routes were closing fast.
By Niña P. Calleja and DJ Yap
The Libyan labor ministry has eased the evacuation of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from the war-torn country by waiving exit visas, but health authorities warned of a “total collapse” of Libya’s healthcare system if hospital staff, mostly Filipinos, are pushed out by the chaos plaguing the North African country.
By Julliane Love de Jesus
The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday said it is closely monitoring seven out of 15 overseas Filipino workers who had returned to the country from Sierra Leone for any symptoms of Ebola virus infection which had killed hundreds in West Africa.