PHL Lifts Deployment Ban to Libya

The Philippine government has lifted the processing and deployment of returning Filipino workers who hold valid working contracts to Libya after the country’s alert level was downgraded from mandatory evacuation to restriction phase.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Board signed the Resolution No. 16 to announce the partial lifting of the ban.

“The POEA Governing Board now allows the resumption of the processing and deployment of Filipino workers to Libya,” said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, who chairs the POEA Governing Board, in a statement Wednesday.

The order only allows returning Filipino workers with valid visas, and are required to submit the following documentation:

  • copies of existing contracts;
  • certification of salaries and benefits of OFWs;
  • letter from the employer requesting for the return of the OFWs;
  • security and safety guarantees through valid company certifications; medical and life insurance coverage; and
  • guarantee of immediate repatriation based on submitted contingency plans

Bello clarified that deployment ban for newly-hired Filipino workers to Libya still stands until further notice.

Heightened tension and political unrest in 2014 prompted the suspension of deployment of Filipinos in Libya.