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Deployment of workers to Libya still suspended.

FILIPINO job seekers in Tripoli have been advised to be wary of individuals and agencies in the Philippines and Libya who have been recruiting workers for jobs in Libya.

The suspension of the recruitment, processing and deployment of Filipinos in the Philippines or abroad for jobs in the medical, oil and gas, and other sectors in Libya remains in effect and has not been lifted, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said, citing the Philippine Embassy in Libya.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has also informed the Philippine Embassy that it has not issued any approval to any individual or agency in the Philippines and in Libya to recruit and deploy nurses, engineers and other workers to Libya.

'Only Filipinos who are in possession of existing work contracts and certificates of exemption from the embassy, and who are on vacation in the Philippines are allowed to return to Libya,' the DFA said in a statement. 'The embassy is currently working with Libyan authorities to ensure the safety and security of Filipino workers in Libya and address other concerns that have been brought to its attention.'

The embassy reminded Filipinos who are bringing Filipino workers to Libya from the Philippines and other countries that they are liable for violating Republic Act 9208 as amended by Republic Act 10364, otherwise known as the Anti-Trafficking Persons Act; and Republic Act 10022, otherwise known as the Migrant Workers Act.

The public is encouraged to report these illegal activities to the embassy in Tripoli or the DFA, the Department of Labor and Employment, the POEA or other concerned agencies of the government in the Philippines.

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Publication:Business Mirror (Makati City, Philippines)
Geographic Code:9PHIL
Date:Jul 22, 2019
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