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Philippine officials making efforts to evacuate citizens from Libya

02-26-2011 15:10 BJT

MANILA, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- Philippine Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario is enroute to Tunisia to check on the conditions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) affected by the increasing tensions in Libya and to bring them out of the country as quickly as possible.

Secretary Del Rosario, who is accompanied by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Esteban Conejos, Jr., will arrive in Tunis late Saturday afternoon, the department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement issued on Saturday.

"Our objective is to undertake the relocation and repatriation as quickly as possible. We are fully committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of our beloved Filipinos in Libya,"Secretary del Rosario was quoted as saying.

The Philippine Embassy in Tripoli activated relocation centers in Tripoli and Benghazi for Filipinos to stay in, unless they feel safe where they are. Those in the relocation centers are being moved to exit points where they will be transported out of Libya.

Filipinos are likewise being repatriated by their employers out of Libya, in tandem with the DFA and the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli.

The DFA is making arrangements for ferry ships to take Filipinos from Tripoli to the safe haven of Malta and those from Benghazi to Crete, another safe area.

In Manila, the DFA continues to attend to families of Filipinos in Libya, briefing them about the government's measures being undertaken and in place.

There are also 24-hour landline numbers for families of Filipinos based in Libya, at 834-4580, 834-3245, 834-3240, and 834- 4646.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: Xinhua

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