LEGAZPI CITY – There are at least 251 Bicolano overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that were caught in an armed conflict in Libya that need to be rescued and brought back to the country, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Bicol said Wednesday.
The agency said OWWA database records indicated that the 251 OFWs are residents in Bicol and are presently working in Libya. Of these, 98 are from Camarines Sur; Albay, 85; Camarines Norte, 29; Sorsogon, 25; Catanduanes, 8; and Masbate, 6.
Jocelyn Hapal, OWWA Bicol director said the OFWs in Libya are mostly professionals and skilled workers in construction firms and oil industries there.
She said since the start of the political crisis in Libya, her agency has received calls and entertained walk-in queries from families of 32 OFWs working in trouble country. These queries were acted upon by the agency, she added.
To assist families of OFWs in the Middle East, OWWA Bicol has activated the 24/7 Hotline in this city where the agency has made available “Libreng Tawag” free calls to immediate families of OFWs. (PNA)