OFW group launches “Crisis Hotline” for OFWs in Libya, Mid-East

Migrante International, worldwide alliance of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), today launched a “Crisis Hotline” for stranded Filipinos in Libya and other conflict-ridden areas in the Middle East and North Africa.

The “Crisis Hotline” can be reached through mobile number 0932-3995952 or email address menacrisiscenter.migrante@gmail.com. Messages may also be sent though Migrante International’s website, http://migranteinternational.org where an online complaint form may be accessed.

According to Migrante International chairperson Garry Martinez, they have set up the hotline because they continue to receive messages of distress and emergency from OFWs and their families who up to this day remain trapped in Libya and await immediate evacuation. All distress calls they receive will immediately be forwarded to the Department of Affairs (DFA) for immediate attention.

For OFWs in Libya, Martinez provided the following contact numbers of their affiliate groups based in the region:

Fr. Allan Archubeche – +218-925156684 – San Francesco Catholic Church, Caritas, Tripoli, Libya

Fr. Ronnie Asuero – +218- 928132184 – Banghasi, Libya

Martinez said that OFWs in workers’ camps have been complaining that they are ready to evacuate but have no idea where to go because of lack of information from the Philippine embassy. “They do not know where to proceed for evacuation, who to contact or what to expect from Philippine authorities. Kung susunduin ba sila o may mga sasakyan at eroplano bang naghihintay sa kanila? Hindi ito malinaw.

He said that because of lack of information, some OFWs have resorted to braving the dangerous streets to get to terminals to exit posts. One contingent of workers, led by Gil Lebria, Migrante coordinator in Libya, opted not to wait anymore to be rescued by Philippine authorities for fear of being caught in the violence and decided to go straight to the airport. Their delegation is expected to arrive via Germany in the following days.

Below is the list of OFWs awaiting evacuation in Libya. The following have already been “accounted for” by Migrante’s affiliates in Libya:

 

Location No. of OFWs
Benghazi proper 2,500+
Airport area 1,500
Tazerbo 500
Tubruq 48
Derna 50
Al Bayda 35
ANC Camp (Al Bayda) 30
ADJUCO, Tubruq 31
Jalo 23
Brega 123
Kufrah 30
SOC 300
DMC 140
Jawari 159
Ibn Sina 90
Jillah 60
Marwa 42
Children’s Hospital 29
Chest Hospital 4
7th October 19
Jama 70
UCS Company 40
On Drill Co. 10
MSEC 17
Daewoo 80
Daewoo BMC 18
NDCC 21
ASTRABAG 8
ADJUCO  Benghazi 30
Total 5,977

 

While below is the master list of OFWs employed by the Aziziyah Project who until now have not yet coordinated with Migrante or any of its affiliate groups in Libya:

 

Name Position Passport No.
Abarratigue Angelo  

Batching Plant Operator

SS0805436
Andrada Felix Site Engineer SS0907432
Basalo Dennis Screed Man XX3806292
Bernal Alfredo Grader Operator XX2797436
Boniel Eric Re Cadd Engineer XX5641030
Cacuyog Joemel Site Engineer XX0304961
Caldito Ricardo Diesel Mechanic XX4433311
Calma Jose Grader Operator SS0250400
Canencia Jane Carpenter XX2585301
Canonio Cesar Screed Man XX3825418
Capasilan Francisco Rubber Roller Optr XX5715524
Catoy Jun Bulldozer operator XX3344566
Cielo Erlando Diesel Mechanic WW0182178
Coteng Ronald Nell Surveyor XX0148730
Dalida Jose Carpenter VV0564131
de Jesus Erwin Planning engineer XX4500700
Del Carmen Maximino Laboratory Technician UU0411397
Egmao Cristopher Paver Operator VV0766460
Egmao Elderio Jointer XX4959601
Eisma Jesus Jonathan Pumpcrete Operator EB0709868
Ellamar Ephraim Bulldozer operator VV0186594
Encinas Vicente Foreman Road works XX1625934
Escalona Erwin Survey Engineer TT0605154
Gabriel Henry Laboratory Engineer TT0618680
Jackson Michael Jointer XX5382723
Jauculan Romelito Survey Engineer XX0251573
Jugueta Rodel Survey Engineer XX3163151
Lumpay Roger MEchanic WW0089859
Mag-isa Cristino Paver operator TT0522966
Manalo Teodulo Site Engineer XX0954985
Mataya Abel Electrician XX3308456
Mayo Joel Roller Operator XX5422258
Mayo Ernie Screed Man XX5412399
Obidas Virgilio Jr. Cook XX5317659
Ocampo Ericson Laboratory Technician XX0586026
Penaojas Aniano Site  engineer TT0397985
Perez Celso Steel Roller VV0352196
Petras George Survey Engineer XX1979199
Pinlac Exequiel Laboratory Engineer EB1464799
Quiambao Paul pay loader operator TT0987859
Ramos Eugenio Civil Foreman XX0096405
Rosete Samuel Planning Engineer XX3031003
Robrigado Julio Roller Operator XX2275355
Salapuddin Abdul Baser Quantity Engineer XX4840476
Santiago Fernando Steel Roller UU0329794
Satorre Joven Survey Engineer XX3486203
Segovia Joey Grader Operator XX3793027
Silverio Rufo Roller Operator QQ0645847
Taneca Rhey Grader Operator SS0978082
Taneca Jerry Grader Operator XX0039336
Valdez Rodrigo Jr. Screed Man XX4673478
Vidal Virgilio Laboratory Engineer WW0394291
Villamor Naggie Cad Engineer XX1697252
Villoso Arnel Surveyor XX4424346
Zafra Gerardo  Survey Engineer XX2718629
Rose Jorevel TT0262053
Garcia Albert XX4186841
Almajano Francis XX2914234
Catahan Joel XX5675509
Egmao Theodoro XX0710239
Endrina Raian UU0402883
Endrina Roderick XX5418640
Francisco Miguel XX5601426
Gallardo Graciano XX5602764
Guno Antonio Jr. WW0095926
Gascon Joey XX5603716
Ramirez Ronald XX3088091
Recote Danilo UU0892081
Roque Eduardo XX1340050
Sotoya Andrew XX5313818
Ondajon Fromencio XX5336781

 

Martinez, together with families of OFWs in Libya, today went to the DFA to forward the names and locations of the stranded OFWs.

“OFW job fair” in EDSA celeb slammed

Meanwhile, Martinez slammed the Aquino administration’s “nerve and gall” for setting up an OFW job fair booth in today’s EDSA Anniversary celebration in light of the spate of rights and welfare cases that has hounded numbers of OFWs in the past few weeks.

He said that they fear that the 25,000 available jobs might be located in the Middle East.

“Lalo nang nakakagalit kung mapapag-alaman pa nating ang pinapamigay na mga trabaho ng gobyerno ngayon ay sa Middle East o sa North Africa kung saan grabe ang karahasan at kaguluhan. Wala na talagang iniisip ang gobyernong ito kundi pagbenta ng murang lakas-paggawa ng ating mga manggagawa kaysa sa kapakanan nila. They are the ones luring our Filipino workers to clear and present danger,” he said.

A job fair booth manned by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has been set up at today’s EDSA Anniversary celebration to give away jobs for aspiring OFWs.

“Ngayon pa nga lang hindi na maprotektahan ng maayos ang ating mga OFW, patuloy pa ring magpapalabas ng 25,000 pa sa halip na magbigay ng trabaho dito sa ating sariling bayan. EDSA pa man din pero walang pagbabago mula sa gobyerno,” Martinez said. ###

 

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