Kin of OFWs in Libya say DFA too slow

By Niña Corpuz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 24 2011 05:37 PM | Updated as of Feb 25 2011 08:49 AM

MANILA - Some families of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Libya continue to troop to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to ask help for their loved ones who want to go home. 

The families are worried sick about the safety of the OFWs.

They complained that the employers of the OFWs have left them.

Morena Plasquita came all the way from Imus, Cavite.  She said she has not been able to sleep thinking of her husband, Nelson, an electrician in Libya. 

"Nanginginig ako, hindi ko alam ang gagawin kaya sumugod po ako dito," said Plasquita.

Plasquita also complained about the slow reaction of the DFA to repatriate the OFWs.

"Mabagal po sila, paano po yung nasa disyerto?" she said.

She's worried that her husband and 200 other Filipinos stuck in Waha (oil field) in the Libyan desert might run out of food and water.

Meanwhile, Maria Nailon can't stop thinking of her son, Edwin, an electrical technician in Tripoli.

She emotionally pleaded to the president, "Nananawagan po ako sa presidente, tulungan nyo po mga tao na naiipit sa Libya." 

Eleanor Egagamao was also in tears when she said, "Hindi ko nap o alam ang gagawin, paano na po kung kayo ang nasa kalagayan namin, napakahirap po talaga."

Eleanor's husband Mateo is an electrician in Benjawad. "Hindi ko pa po sya nakakausap since Feb. 19," she said.