About 17,000 OFWs were repatriated from Libya since the Philippine government ordered OFWs forced repatriation at the Libyan conflict. According to Monterona, there were about 22,000 to 24,000 OFWs before the conflict progressed. Most of them were working the infrastructure and construction projects, while others were in oil and gas refineries. There were also quite a number of nurses and related medical workers in government hospitals.
In light of the death of the death of Libyan strongman Moammar Gaddafi, the Department of Foreign Affairs said last week it will not lift the ban on OFWs deployment to Libya.
Monterona called on the DFA to assess the objective situation on the ground before lifting the ban and urged to Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) to issue an advisory that the deployment ban in Libya is still in effect.
“We are urging the POEA to official issue an advisory in this regard to guide and avoid our fellow OFWs becoming victim of illegal recruiters and human traffickers,” Monterona said.