HIGHLY-trained, dependable, competent and honest, Filipino workers, particularly nurses and other healthcare professionals, are still in great demand in various parts of the world.
It is no surprising, therefore, that the Libyan government, citing humanitarian reasons, has called on the Philippines to lift its ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to Libya.
Of course, people welcomed the call considering the rising number of jobless and underemployed Pinoys, including college graduates, not only in the metropolis but elsewhere.
Due to lack of job opportunities and low pay of workers in this Third World nation, many Filipinos still prefer to seek employment overseas, including the oil-rich Middle East.
In fact, the billions of dollar remittances of the millions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) continue to help prop up the country’s economy, particularly during hard times.
At this point, concerned government officials would do well to re-evaluate the security situation in Libya as requested by the Libyan Embassy in Manila.
In fact, Libya wants to start hiring health professionals and engineers, who will help rebuild the areas destroyed during the 2011 uprising and 2014 fightings to drive Islamic State out of the country.
Libyan Charge d’Affaires Ahmed S.A. Eddeb explained that Tripoli’s main request is “just try to re-evaluate the security situation in Libya,” adding that the “situation is normal now.”
“We greatly value their (Filipinos) contribution to Libyan economy either in oil field, humanitarian assistance in hospitals and clinics. If there’s a risk for them, we would not request for lifting of the ban,” said Eddeb.
Ang panawagan ng Libya ay isang maliwanag na patunay na nananatiling “darling” ng mga foreign employer ang mga manggagawang Pinoy.