A group of 45 Filipino health professionals based in central and western regions of Libya safely arrived in Manila on Tuesday after they were evacuated from strife-torn Libya, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.
The 45 were escorted by personnel from the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli through the Ras Jdir border and were flown back home through Tunisia after availing of the embassy's repatriation program, the DFA said.
They arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 at 4:35 p.m. on Tuesday.
Libya was placed under Crisis Alert Level 4 (Mandatory Repatriation) in July 2014 due to the "extremely unstable" situation there following months of political turmoil.
The latest batch brought the total number of Filipino repatriates from Libya to 5,461.
The DFA, meanwhile, urged the remaining 3,093 Filipinos in Libya to arrange their repatriation with the embassy in Tripoli as soon as possible due to the ongoing security crisis that claimed some Filipinos in the past.
Two Filipino sailors were injured in an airstrike on a Greek vessel in Libya last January, while four Filipinos were abducted by armed men off an oil field in Central Libya in March.
Also in March, a Filipino was killed in a spate of bombing incidents in Zawiya that left three other OFWs injured. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News