Evacuation of Filipinos from Libya to take another week: official

13:30, March 05, 2011      

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The Philippine government said on Friday that it will take at least another week to evacuate the remaining overseas Filipino workers who are in critical areas in Libya.

Earlier, acting Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said that the government's target is to complete by Saturday the evacuation of Filipinos and their families from the coastal cities of Libya.

Del Rosario said it may not be possible to move all Filipinos out of Libya as they are spread out across the country.

"We would still be there but I think we needed to put an internal deadline for ourselves so that we could muster the required effort and resources to be able to do this within a reasonable time when we consider that as each day passes, it gets relatively more risky,"Del Rosario said.

"We also want to shake up those who had a chance to leave but are procrastinating and so we feel that this deadline is absolutely necessary because they really have to get out of there especially if you are in the coastal areas which are the critical areas and the areas of conflict,"he added.

There are now 11,045 Filipinos who have exited Libya. Of these, 1,971 have arrived in Manila. The Department of Foreign Affairs said that it can not ascertain how many Filipinos withdrew from Libya.

Source: Xinhua
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