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PH gov’t: Evacuation of Filipinos from Libya continues

/ 01:53 PM August 17, 2014

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport after being repatriated from war-torn Libya Monday Aug. 4, 2014 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The government on Sunday said it would continue to evacuate Filipinos from war-torn Libya after planes carrying 766 Filipinos arrived in Manila.

“Ipinahayag ni Kalihim (Albert) del Rosario ang patuloy na commitment ng pamahalaan na tiyakin ang kaligtasan ng lahat ng Pilipino na nasa mapanganib na sitwasyon sa ibang bansa. Ayon sa kanya, magpapatuloy ang paglikas ng mga Pilipino sa Libya,” Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said over state-run dzRB.

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(Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said the government’s commitment to ensure the safety of all Filipinos in dangerous situations abroad remains. According to him, the evacuation of Filipinos from Libya will continue.)

Coloma said Malacanang was “happy” with the news that 766 Filipinos were able to return to the Philippines through Philippine Airlines flights after riding a rented ship to Malta.

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There are now 2,727 Filipinos repatriated from Libya.

Coloma said Philippine nationals still trapped in Libya should contact the embassy in Tripoli so they can be assisted.

The Philippine embassy in Tripoli could be contacted through the following numbers and e-mail addresses: (00218) 918-244-208 / (00218) 914-370-399 / (00218) 945-348-481; and tripoli.pe@gmail.com at tripoli.pe@dfa.gov.ph. It is located at Kilometer 7, Gargaresh Road, Abu Nawas, P.O. Box 12508, Tripoli.

Meanwhile, families of the OFWs could contact the Department of Foreign Affairs through the hotlines (02) 552-7105 and (02) 834-4685. They may also send their concerns to oumwa@dfa.gov.ph.

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