A FILIPINA nurse and her eight-year-old son was repatriated to the country yesterday from strife-torn Libya, bringing to 130 the number of overseas Filipino workers from the Arab country brought back to Manila since April this year.
“Today, the first leg of the long journey home for a Filipina nurse and her eight-year-old son begins. This brings to 130 the number of Filipinos @PhinLibya has assisted in returning to the Philippines since April,” Philippine Embassy to Libya Charge d’Affaires Elmer Cato said without naming the Filipina nurse.
“It will be her first trip to the Philippines since 2010. It will be her son’s first,” Cato added.
The Department of Foreign Affairs earlier this year placed Tripoli, Libya and its surrounding areas under Alert Level 4 (mandatory repatriation) due to worsening clashes between Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army pushing through Libya’s capital city and the internationally-recognized Government of National Accord.
About 1,000 Filipinos are living and working in Tripoli and nearby communities.
Cato previously said that uncertainty about finding another job and the lack of livelihood assistance from the government were the main reason for the reluctance of Filipinos to return to Manila despite the dangers they faced in Tripoli due to the ongoing clashes.
Libya has been without an effective central government since the 2011 ouster of strongman, Muammar Khadaffi.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. last month assured OFWs deployed in conflict areas such as Libya that they will be allowed to return to their overseas workplaces if they choose to come home to celebrate the holiday season with their families.