We may joke a lot around here, but one thing we don’t think is funny: the violence in Libya.
Filipino workers who were sent to perform temporary work in Libya were reportedly abandoned by their employer and Filipino Senator Manny Villar is pissed.
Villar said he will ask Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administrator (POEA) for the full list of staffing agencies that have sent OFWs to Libya. He said he will request the cancellation of the licenses of the negligent agencies.
“The job of recruitment agencies does not stop in the processing of the workers’ papers and sending them off to the airport. They should also be there for the OFWs in times of trouble,” said Villar.
The migrant workers (also known as OFW’s) were left to their own devices after security in Libya basically fell apart last week. They claimed that armed men stormed their facilities and took all of their food and water.
Over 6,000 workers have returned to the Phillipines so far as hundreds have been pouring back into the country every day. And those are the lucky ones.
Many others are still in Libya amid reports that soldiers loyal to Moammar Gadhafi have blocked close to 30,000 migrant workers from fleeing into Tunisia. Most of those workers have been forced to return to work in the Tripoli. That can’t be good.
Kind of makes you feel better about your job, doesn’t it?