The Philippine Embassy in Madrid welcomed today 15 Filipino workers who were evacuated from Libya and airlifted to Spain by their employers onboard a chartered flight by the Spanish oil company Repsol.
The Filipinos arrived at 1:50 a.m. at the Barajas International Airport. All the Filipinos worked for companies sub-contracted by Repsol.
The group travelled more than 24 hours via land and air, and were elated to have been evacuated from Libya.
All the Filipinos will fly this afternoon (Madrid time) for Manila, and are expected arrive in the country in the afternoon of February 27.
The Embassy, in close coordination with the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Madrid, welcomed the group and provided them shelter and food during for their short stay in Madrid.
The Embassy staff gave them a de-briefing upon their arrival.
In view of the escalating violence and widespread insecurity in Libya, the DFA is on a full relocation and repatriation mode. Apart from the Embassies near Libya, the DFA has mobilized its other Embassies and Consulates General to assist Filipinos who will be arriving in their countries from Libya.