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Last September, the Philippines raised the Alert Level 3 in Libya due to the escalation of violence there.

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Returning Filipino workers allowed in Libya

 

MANILA — Returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are allowed to go back to Libya even as the total deployment ban on newly-hired workers was imposed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

A POEA resolution states that the total deployment ban on newly-hired Filipino workers to Libya will remain, but that the agency will “allow the processing and deployment of returning workers”.

OFWs who are allowed to return to work in Libya are those who took their vacation before the announcement of Alert Level III on September 4, 2018, including their dependents; and those who are employed by diplomats, foreign embassies, missions, international organizations, and academic institutions in Libya whose evacuation is guaranteed by their employer.

Also exempted from the ban are Filipinos who work offshore in oil rig platforms, provided they will not pass through nor spend their vacation inside Libya and those who are married to Libyan nationals who permanently reside in Libya and their accompanying dependents.

The POEA added that returning workers should have valid and existing contracts and subject to the submission of the following documents: copies of existing contracts, certification of salaries and benefits of OFWs, Letter from employers requesting for the return of the OFWs.

They are also required to submit, security and safety guarantees through valid company certifications, medical and life insurance coverage and guarantee of immediate repatriation based on submitted contingency plans.

Last September, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) raised the Alert Level 3 in Libya due to the escalation of violence there. Under an Alert Level 3, POEA imposes an automatic deployment ban. PNA

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