GLOBAL ONE NEWS (G1) — The Philippine government has banned the deployment of Filipino workers to Libya.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced April 10 sending Filipino workers to the North African country is now illegal amid worsening violence in capital Tripoli.
Earlier, the Department of Foreign Affairs issued a Level III alert for Filipinos in Tripoli and in areas 100 kilometers from it as rebels attempt to march to the capital.
DOLE is sending a team to Tripoli — reportedly early next week — to assist in the possible repatriation of Filpino workers.
According to Philippine News Agency on April 11, at least 12 Filipinos have requested to be repatriated.
There are reportedly about 2,600 documented Filipino workers in Libya, many of whom work in industries of healthcare and oil.
Meanwhile, some 2,000 Libyans have been reportedly displaced from their homes as clashes between rebels and the UN-acknowledged government escalate.