Travel ban, OFW deployment for Libya still in force

October 24, 2011 10:30 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 24 — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said it continues to monitor the security situation in Libya to ascertain when is the right time to allow overseas Filipino workers (OFW) to return there.

DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez said the government will inform the public accordingly when Libya is safe and secure for Filipinos to go back.

According to the DFA, it is still unsafe for Filipinos to work or travel to Libya.

The DFA earlier issued a travel advisory, urging Filipinos to defer non-essential and non-urgent travels to Libya until the security situation in the country has stabilized.

Many Filipinos were hoping that the ban would be lifted as former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi is already dead, and members of his family and immediate circle have fled the country.

Some of these Filipinos wanting to travel to Libya are former OFWs working in Libya who were repatriated at the height of the civil unrest thereat.

However, the DFA stood pat on its decision to extend the ban.(PNA)

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