Philippines halts deployment of workers to Libya

February 22, 2011 08:56


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MANILA, Philippines — Officials on Tuesday said the Philippine government, one of the world's biggest labor exporters, has indefinitely deferred the deployment of workers to restive Libya, Bahrain and Yemen.

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration chief Carlos Cao said that officials also decided in an emergency meeting to prepare for a possible evacuation of Filipino workers, especially in violence-prone regions of Libya like Benghazi city, if the unrest there worsens.

Foreign affairs department spokesman Ed Malaya said that Philippine diplomats have taken steps to locate and contact about 26,000 Filipino workers in Libya for possible evacuation.

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