Phl embassy in Kuala Lumpur assists OFWs from Libya to Manila

THE Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur welcomed and assisted 60 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Libya who arrived there over the weekend enroute to Manila.

Composed of professional and skilled workers, the OFWs were all employed by Amona Ranhill Consortium Sdn Bhd, a Malaysian engineering and construction company in Libya, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

Engr. Mainheart de Leon, the group’s leader, said that they fled Libya through the border of Tunisia.  He told Embassy personnel that their company arranged their connecting trips, from Tunisia to Karachi in Pakistan, then to Dhaka in Bangladesh, and now to Kuala Lumpur.

The OFWs arrived in Kuala Lumpur in two batches, with the first batch of 57 arriving on March 5, while the second batch of three on March 6.

Consul General Renato P.O. Villa and Vice Consul Shirlene C. Mananquil led the Embassy’s Labor and Assistance-to-Nationals (ATN) team in welcoming the OFWs at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport over the weekend.

Ms. Rajifah Ramli, a representative of Ranhill Bhd. Sdn., was also present to welcome the OFWs.

Ranhill Sdn. Bhd. provided them accommodation and land transportation in Kuala Lumpur.  The Embassy provided them food upon checking-in at their hotel.

Of the 60, 20 will be proceeding to Manila on March 7 via Malaysia Airlines.  The other 40 will leave for Manila on March 8, also via Malaysian Airlines.

The OFWs said that they were about to finish their two-year employment contract with Ranhill when the crisis erupted in Libya.  Nevertheless, they were all compensated, despite not finishing their employment contract.

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