PH Embassy continues repatriation of OFWs in war-torn Libya

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As of March 6, an estimated 2,940 Filipinos still remain in Libya, the Department of Foreign Affairs says.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Some  24 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from war-torn Libya were repatriated by the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli last Sunday (March 6), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Tuesday (March 8).

The Filipino workers were brought home as part of the government's ongoing mandatory repatriation program as the country remains under Crisis Alert Level 4.

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"The repatriation is a continuing program in response to the precarious peace and order situation," the DFA said in a statement.

Repatriation costs are covered by the Philippine government.

It repeated its appeal to OFWs still in Libya to avail of the mandatory repatriation program.

A total of 5,688 Filipinos have been repatriated by the government as of Sunday. However, an estimated 2,940 still remain in Libya, the DFA said.