POEA gives exemption to Libya total deployment ban

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    THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will allow a selected number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to be deployed to Libya despite the continuing chaos in the country.

    POEA Governing Board Resolution No. 12-2019 states that overseas employment certificates (OECs) or exit clearances will be issued to OFWs who intend to go home to the Philippines and subsequently return to their jobs in Libya but these will be granted under certain conditions.

    “The POEA authorizes the processing and issuance of OECs to Filipinos presently working in Tripoli and other areas within the 100-kilometer radius of the capital, given that they have secured a Certificate of Conditional Exemption from the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli,” said the POEA.

    The conditional exemption will be based on humanitarian grounds, such as the need to travel to the Philippines because of: death or sickness in the immediate family; to accompany and assist member of immediate family for purpose of relocation, school examinations or registration, and medical treatment; to attend urgent banking and financing transactions; or to file court cases or appear in court hearings.

    The POEA adds that OFWs may be allowed to travel to the Philippines and back to Libya on other valid grounds or significant events to be determined by the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli.

    It noted that the grant of exemptions will be based on the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).