Red Cross activates welfare desk for Libya crisis

February 26, 2011 6:07 am 

MANILA, Feb. 25 — Expressing concern about the situation of oversees Filipino workers (OFWs) in riot-torn Libya, Philippine Red Cross (PRC) chairman Richard Gordon directed PRC chapters nationwide to set up welfare desks to extend necessary assistance to the families of the distressed workers.

PRC said statistic show that this February alone, there were around 30,917 Filipinos in Bahrain, 892 in Yemen and 32,823 in Libya.

Following reports of unrest affecting Libya, Gordon immediately issued directives calling on all PRC chapters to activate 24/7 welfare desk in their respective areas that will offer the following services: restoring family links, psychosocial support, reply to inquiries, and health and welfare services.

Gordon said this is possible through the leadership of Mrs. Aida Beltejar, manager of PRC Social Services Department, and the PRC 24/7 Operation Center.

He reiterated the call for coordinated efforts from the relatives and friends of OFWs affected by the ongoing humanitarian situation abroad.

“I’m concerned about your fate as OFWs. I encourage all who have no contacts to their families back home, or all who have no contacts with their love ones in Libya, to visit PRC site www.redcross.org.ph or call (632) 5270000 or +(63) 9175728500, Gordon said. (PNA)

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