Secretary del Rosario sends off 180 OFWs at Djerba

A February 28, 2011 press release prepared by the Department of Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario sent off Monday a total of 180 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) at the Djerba International Airport in Tunisia.

The OFWs will be flown to Dubai where officials from the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai have made arrangements for them to go on commercial flights to Manila.

Another batch of OFWs at Djerba is waiting for the next chartered flight to Dubai.
Secretary del Rosario oversaw the evacuation of 550 Filipinos from Tripoli to Djerba Sunday.

He and Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Esteban Conejos, Jr. arrived in Tunisia Saturday to oversee the Philippine government’s efforts to bring Filipinos out of Libya in the quickest way possible.

“Our objective is to undertake the repatriation as quickly as possible. We are fully committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of our beloved Filipinos in Libya,” Secretary Del Rosario said.

Pursuant to the instructions of President Benigno S. Aquino III, the DFA is on a full relocation and repatriation mode for its nationals in Libya, in view of the escalating violence and widespread insecurity there.

Apart from the Embassies near Libya, the DFA has mobilized its other Embassies and Consulates General to assist Filipinos who will be transiting their areas on the way to the Philippines.

Photo above shows Foreign Affairs Secretary del Rosario (standing, fourth from left) with some of the 180 OFWs before their departure from the Djerba International Airport.