POEA lifts deployment ban of returning Filipino workers to Libya

Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III announced the lifting of the ban on the processing and deployment of returning Filipino workers with valid and existing contracts to Libya.

"The POEA Governing Board now allows the resumption of the processing and deployment of Filipino workers to Libya," said Bello, who is also the chairperson of the POEA Governing Board.

The POEA Governing Board issued Resolution No. 16 which lifts the ban on the deployment of returning OFWs to Libya following the lowering of the crisis alert level in the said country from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 2 (restriction phase).

According to POEA GBR No. 16, only returning Filipino workers with valid and existing contracts are allowed to be deployed in Libya. The said OFWs have to submit the necessary documents cited by the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli.

These documents are copies of existing contracts; certification of salaries and benefits of OFWs; letter from the employer requesting for the return of the OFWs; security and safety guarantees through valid company certifications; medical and life insurance coverage; and guarantee of immediate repatriation based on submitted contingency plans.

Bello reiterated that the deployment ban for newly hired OFWs shall be maintained until further notice.

The POEA Governing Board suspended the processing and deployment of OFWs bound for Libya on 30 May 2014 because of heightened political unrest there.

On 13 June 2014, the POEA issued Governing Board Resolution No. 9 which allowed for the processing and deployment of certain skills categories of returning workers to Libya. On 22 July 2014, the POEA, through GBR No. 17, allowed additional skills categories of returning workers.

Bello also said that on 18 August 2016, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) conducted jobsite visit to Libya to assess the general situation in the said country.

Source: Philippine Information Agency