Libya OFWs fear food shortage


Posted at Aug 25 2011 09:52 PM | Updated as of Aug 26 2011 05:59 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Libya fear that their food supplies may run low soon because of the ongoing civil war in the country.

Edwin Daproza, a maintenance supervisor, said looting in Tripoli is widespread.

Last Tuesday, Daproza was among the victims when Libyan rebels ransacked their camp and residence of his employer, the British First Engineering Group.

Daproza said that aside from taking his personal belongings like cellphone and cash, rebels also stole all their appliances.

The problem now is that the workers can't leave their homes to buy things for their daily needs.

“Yung mga nakaraan, yung maliit na tindahan natatakot silang magbukas dahil sinasamantala sila,” said Daproza.

Gunfire has continued to rage in Tripoli and many stores have closed down.

Prices of basic goods in Libya have also skyrocketed.

“Yung bucket [ng tubig] dati half dinar, nagiging 1 dinar na,” Daproza said.

Aside from water, canned goods that used to cost 1.50 dinars now cost 3 dinars.

The Philippine government, meanwhile, said it is ready to help the OFWs.

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) chief Carmelita Dimzon said the government has deployed a rapid response team to bring supplies to affected Filipinos in Libya.

The Department of Freign Affairs also said it would be better if Filipinos just left Libya so as not to get caught in the crossfire. - Report from Alex Santos, ABS-CBN News; ANC