Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said that the general situation in Libya continues to improve, but cautioned OFWs to mind their safety because of intermittent skirmishes and the presence of armed robbers who steal cars and other valuables.
She also said that over 300 OFWs have already arrived in Libya following the partial lifting in the deployment of OFWs to that country near the end of 2011, bringing to close to 3,000 the OFW population in Libya.
Citing a report of Philipine Overseas Labor Office Labor Attache Nasser Mustafa, Baldoz said the number of Filipinos who had been recalled to Libya, both for the medical and oil field sectors, had been more than 300 already, adding to the 2,256 OFWs and dependents who remained in Libya during the crisis.
"The oil workers, upon their arrival, had been dispatched directly to their workplaces in the Western Sahara Desert to do maintenance work in the oilfields," Baldoz said.
According to Baldoz, the oil workers are now working safely in the Waha, Zuetina, Repsol, Eni, Vaos, Agip, AGOCO, Taknia, Sirte, and Jabel oil fields.
Baldoz also said the start of the year augurs well for the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Tripoli, which has now only one distressed OFW resident in the person of Baylin Pasandalan, who had worked for a relative of the late Libyan leader Muammar Khadafy. Labat Mustafa is now processing Ms. Pasandalan's travel papers so she could return to the Philippines, Baldoz disclosed.