By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 19 June 2014:
Three weeks after prohibiting the travel of all workers to Libya, the Philippines today moderated the ban for some . . .[restrict]skilled categories of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).
On 29 May Philippine labour officials raised the security alert to Level Three and began the voluntary repatriation of OFWs, of whom the Department of Foreign Affair in Manilla says 13,122 are registered here.
The following categories of workers will now be allowed to travel to Libya: OFWs employed by diplomats, foreign embassies, missions and international organisations ; those working off-shore on oil rig platforms, provided they will not pass through, or spend their vacation in, mainland Libya; those working for multinational companies, government hospitals and schools; those working for the Libyan National Oil Company (NOC) and Filipinos married to Libyan nationals.
Before they leave for jobs in Libya, those workers now exempt from the ban are having to obtain from their Libyan employers a contingency plan for their evacuation and repatriation to the Philippines. These employers have to be verified by a Philippines Overseas Labour Office and must produce a letter guaranteeing the safety and repatriation of their Filipino staff.