22 Pinoy nurses, medical workers pulled out from Libyan City

AS BATTLE rages anew between pro and anti-Gadaffi forces in Misrata City, northwestern Libya, situated 187 kilometers to the east of Tripoli and about 825 km. west of Benghazi, 22 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) working as nurses and medical staff in a hospital in Misrata City were pulled out and evacuated, according to reports received by Migrante-Middle East (M-ME).

M-ME regional coordinator John Leonard Monterona said he received an information from a friend of a Libya-based OFW informing about the evacuation of the 22 Pinoy nurses and medical staff due to clashes asking to ‘monitor their situation’ as they could not anymore be contacted.

“The report was later confirmed to us by Fr. Allan Arcebuche, a Caritas priest who is based in Tripoli. He informed us that the 22 OFWs just arrived last September 22 and were pulled out from Misrata last Friday, 5 October,” Monterona citing report from the Filipino missionary priest.

Monterona added that he is still trying to get in touch with the PH embassy in Tripoli to confirm the whereabouts of the 22 Pinoy nurses and medical workers.

“We received information that they were pulled out from Misrata City without proper coordination to the Libyan National Transition Council (NTC). This caused alarm to the OFWs who immediately sought assistance from their kin, friend and fellow OFWs,” Monterona added.

Due to this, Monterona calls on the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to look into this report and confirm the whereabouts of the 22 Pinoy nurses. “The 22 Pinoy nurses and medical workers’ safety must be secured,” the OFW leader added.

“The DFA must issue a proper advisory so that the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) could follow in issuing a travel advisory to Libya-bound OFWs whose deployment will be in Misrata City,” Monterona said.

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