DFA: 5,381 Pinoys from Libya repatriated


Posted at Mar 09 2011 01:01 AM | Updated as of Mar 09 2011 07:31 PM

MANILA, Philippines – More than 5,000 Filipinos have been repatriated from conflict-torn Libya, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported on Tuesday.

“To date, some 13,000 Filipinos and family members have exited Libya, of whom 5,381 have been repatriated to and are already in the Philippines,” the DFA said in a text message to abs-cbnNEWS.com.

The DFA also announced that the last Philippine chartered flight will leave Tunisia on Tuesday.

“At least 2 more chartered flights are being arranged to bring home OFWs who are now in Crete, Greece. Arrangements are underway for OFWs now in other places to board the first available flight to Manila,” the DFA said.

On Sunday, the chartered ship, MV Ionian Queen, with 1,038 passengers, mostly Filipinos, arrived in the port city of Crete with There was also an Algerian family of 5 and a Myanmar national on the ship.

The evacuees were welcomed by DFA and a labor reception team at Crete. They were provided with appropriate assistance, including food and accommodations.