Tuesday, February 28, 2017

MARINOs, Worry No More! MARINA’s Seafarers Certification System is Now Online


Writer/Researcher: Keina Rae Sabay
tumblr_inline_nxm2cmNNSB1r11kw2_1280As a seafarer, you will encounter so many application processes and documentary requirements in your whole career. Submitting requirements can be a chore, especially if you live in the province. YES, MARINA is already implementing the Seafarer Certification System (SCS) which allows submission of documents online. This means you don’t have to brave long lines every time you need to submit documents to MARINA.
What is the Marina Seafarers Certification System (SCS)?
MARINA STCW Office developed the Seafarers Certification System (SCS) to provide an online system for the processing of seafaring papers. This is a centralized system that can be accessed by seafarers, METIs (Maritime Education and Training Institutes), medical clinics, manning agencies, and instructors/assessors. Having an online system makes it easier for everyone in the industry to monitor and process applications of seafarers.
Registration is free, and can easily be done on a computer with internet connection.
14694780_120300000606306904_2128592059_nHow to register
Before you can upload your documentary requirements, you have to create an online account and secure your Seafarer’s Registration Number (SRN). Here’s how:
  1. Go to marinascsph.com.
  2. On the menu on the left side of the page, click Seafarers.
  3. On the registration page, input your Seafarer’s Identification and Record Book (SIRB) number and date of birth. Click Check Data.
  4. Enter your personal information. Please make sure that all details are correct before clicking Submit Registration.
  5. Click on the activation link, then enter the provided activation code. Click
  6. Your account is now activated, and you may now log in on the SCS page.
How to upload documents
Once you already have an activated account, you can start uploading your documents. Here’s how:
  1. Scan or take a clear picture of the document/s you are going to upload.
  2. Click on the Documents
  3. If you click on the drop down arrow, you will see a list of required documents. Select the type of document you wish to upload.
  4. Click Choose File and on the dialog box, locate and click on the file of the document you are uploading. Click the Upload button to upload your picture.
  5. Repeat the process to upload more documents.
marinaappointment.comSome of the documentary requirements you will need to upload are:
  • Birth Certificate
  • Certificate of Sea Service
  • Seafarer’s Identification and Record Book (SIRB)
  • Training Record Book
  • Medical Certificate
  • NBI Clearance

Over 200k OFWs In UAE Eagerly Awaits Pres. Duterte’s Visit


Pres. Duterte SpeechExcited doesn’t even begin to describe it. Filipinos across the United Arab Emirates are wildly-anticipating President Duterte’s planned visit.
While Malacanang keeps mum about the planned visit, Mr. George Requerme, President of the OFW Global Movement for Empowerment – Dubai Chapter (OFW-GME) had announced that the official visit may take place on January 25, 26, or 27, 2017.
The venue where the meet would be held is supposed to be capable of accommodating 50,000 people. According to OFW-GME, about 60 Filipino organizations had met with their Dubai chapter to polish the details of the President’s visit. In addition to this, the organization is working towards setting an exclusive meeting with President Duterte through a letter to the Malacanang to tackle pertinent issues such as illegal recruitment and concerns regarding distressed OFWs.
united-arab-emirates-dubai-mountain-dezeen-banOn the May 2016 election, President Duterte garnered a number of 51,879 votes in the UAE, a whopping 83.5% of the the total 62,103 actual votes made in last year’s election.
Ambassador Constancio R. Vingno Jr. claimed that due to President Duterte’s strong fanbase in the UAE, he had been receiving calls of inquiry and voluntary assistance from various OFW groups in the region.  Whether it pushes through or not, OFWs in the UAE would definitely go out of their way to make preparations for President Duterte’s visit. But of course, Overseas Pinoys are more than hopeful that the visit sees the light of day so that the President may personally see the situation of OFWs in the UAE.
The-Filipino-Times_OFWs-2It is important to note that the UAE is among the Top 10 Destinations of Landbased OFWs whose number closely amounts to 230,000 in the region according to the POEA’s most recent statistics.
Imagine what this great of a number of Filipinos sharing their support for President Duterte could do for the success of this event!
With the various noteworthy efforts by the Duterte administration to better the quality of life of Overseas Pinoys, the overwhelming support the President has been getting comes as no surprise.
We are hoping that President Duterte’s visit to the UAE would be marked with great success!

Good news for South Korea-based Pinoy workers!


The minimum wage in Korea is set to increase in 2017. From 2016’s rate of 6030KRW/Hr (250.46Php/Hr), next year’s minimum wage would be 6470 KRW/Hr (268.73Php/Hr) as declared by the Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL)
The new rates would amount to:
* 51,760KRW/day (2,149.87Php/day) for a total of 8 working hours.
* 258,800KRW (10,749.34Php) for 5 working days
* or 1,352,230 (56,162.28Php) a month
korean-moneyThe worker’s employment status would not matter. Korea’s Labor Standards Act is clear in saying that even regardless of nationality, the Minimum Wage includes all employees, may he or she be just temporary, daily or part-time.
But of course, there are exceptions. Not included here are the following:
  1. Businesses employing only family members or relatives within the same residence
  2. Domestic service users
  3. Seamen governed by the Seamen Act
  4. Ship owners who employ those seamen
koreanhelp-660x4401Those benefiting from the 7.3% increase are Pinoys under the Employment Permit System (EPS). To date, it has been reported that there are over 24,000 OFWs involved in small and medium manufacturing industries who are under the EPS.
While it is normal to expect that in every pay hike phenomenon there is a corresponding increase in the cost of living in that locality, it is not conclusive that the cost of living in Korea would behave this way. It is important to note that the recorded minimum wages from 1989 up to 2016 in South Korea averaged 2650.36 KRW/Hr, the highest of which is in 2016.The consistent increase in the minimum wage in South Korea is seen to benefit Pinoy workers.
How about you? Feeling interested in working in South Korea? Maybe this is the time for you to think about it. Watch for our next infoseries on how to land a job in South Korea through the Employment Permit System.

MIDDLE-EAST Qatar approves draft law for domestic workers


This 2013 file photo shows domestic workers queueing at a Ministry of Labor office in Riyadh to avail of labor protection measures. In Qatar, the Cabinet is expected to approve a draft law that would provide legal protection for tens of thousands of female domestic workers for the first time, according to state media. (AN file photo)
DOHA, Qatar: Qatar has approved a draft law which would provide legal protection for tens of thousands of female domestic workers for the first time, according to state media.
The law is expected to specify how many hours staff such as nannies, drivers and gardeners should work per week, how many days holiday they receive annually and how they are paid, reported the Qatar News Agency (QNA).
Legislation has been agreed by the cabinet, said QNA in a statement posted on Wednesday.
“The law applies to sponsors and domestic helpers, specifies their rights and duties and regulates the relationship between them,” it added.
In a 2014 report, Amnesty International claimed there were some 84,000 women migrant domestic workers in Qatar, mostly from south and southeast Asia.
It alleged that many “face severe exploitation, including forced labor and physical and sexual violence.”
While the World Cup 2022 host — battered by international criticism of its human rights’ record — has announced several key reforms governing the rights of laborers who help build stadiums and infrastructure for football’s biggest tournament, domestic staff have not yet been protected by legislation.
Initial response to the draft law was positive.
Campaign group Migrant Rights said on social media that the reform was “very promising news.”
It also called on Qatar to include domestic staff in the Wage Protection System, a measure introduced in 2015 to ensure the country’s vast migrant labor workforce receive their salaries on time.
Amnesty’s deputy director of global issues, James Lynch, said it would be waiting to see the details of the proposed law.
“The Qatari government has been promising a law on domestic workers for years. Good that it’s back on the table — the content will be key,” he tweeted.

DOHA, Qatar: Qatar has approved a draft law

DOHA, Qatar: Qatar has approved a draft law which would provide legal protection for tens of thousands of female domestic workers for the first time, according to state media.

The law is expected to specify how many hours staff such as nannies, drivers and gardeners should work per week, how many days holiday they receive annually and how they are paid, reported the Qatar News Agency (QNA).

Legislation has been agreed by the cabinet, said QNA in a statement posted on Wednesday.
“The law applies to sponsors and domestic helpers, specifies their rights and duties and regulates the relationship between them,” it added.

In a 2014 report, Amnesty International claimed there were some 84,000 women migrant domestic workers in Qatar, mostly from south and southeast Asia.

It alleged that many “face severe exploitation, including forced labor and physical and sexual violence.”
While the World Cup 2022 host — battered by international criticism of its human rights’ record — has announced several key reforms governing the rights of laborers who help build stadiums and infrastructure for football’s biggest tournament, domestic staff have not yet been protected by legislation.
Initial response to the draft law was positive.

Campaign group Migrant Rights said on social media that the reform was “very promising news.”
It also called on Qatar to include domestic staff in the Wage Protection System, a measure introduced in 2015 to ensure the country’s vast migrant labor workforce receive their salaries on time.
Amnesty’s deputy director of global issues, James Lynch, said it would be waiting to see the details of the proposed law.

“The Qatari government has been promising a law on domestic workers for years. Good that it’s back on the table — the content will be key,” he tweeted.
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Missing Fil-Am nurse found dead in Houston



Nine days after Filipino nurse Glenser Soliman was reported missing by his family and friends, a man walking his dog found his body near a walking trail in the woods of Houston, Texas.
report on Houston Chronicle said Soliman's body was found under debris in a Spring neighborhood on Monday (US time).
Soliman, 44, was identified by the Harris County medical examiner's office. His cause of death has not been determined yet but police are investigating it as a possible murder.

Kevin Quinn of ABC13 tweeted a picture of where the body was found with the caption: "Body of missing nurse found, per @HCSOTexas . ID'd -Glenser Soliman . Person walking dog made discovery Sat., 8 mi. from Soliman home #abc13"

UAE court defers execution of Pinay helper convicted of murder



A criminal court in Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates has deferred the execution of a Filipina househelper who was convicted for killing her male employer in 2015, reports said.
report on Khaleej Times said Al Ain's Criminal Court of First Instance deferred the execution of Jennifer Dalquez, 28, pending the decision of the victim's children whether they would make the decision final or opt for blood money.
The report said Dalquez may escape the death sentence altogether if the victim's two children refuse to swear in court and ask for blood money instead.
In order to uphold the court's decision to execute the Filipina, the victim's children must swear before the court 50 times, "in the name of Allah," that Dalquez is the sole killer of their father.
If the children refuse to swear in court, the blood money shall apply, the report said, citing an unnamed official.
Dalquez will then be given the opportunity to pay blood money of Dh200,000 to the victim’s family and serve a jail sentence to be decided by court.
Constancio Vingno Jr, the Philippine Ambassador to the UAE, said the Embassy respected the United Arab Emirates' judicial system and hoped for a "comprehensive appreciation of the case."
"We hope people will refrain from any public discussions that can have a negative outcome on her case," Vingno said in a report on The National.
Vingno told Gulf Today that Dalquez was represented by Atty. Nasser Al Shamsi and Assistance to Nationals Section translator staff Mustafa Bayanan.
The Filipina has worked in the UAE since 2011 and was supposed to return home in January 2015.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has yet to respond to GMA News Online's request for a statement. Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News

2 Malaysians, 2 Nigerians collared in online scam

By:  - @inquirerdotnet

 / 09:56 AM February 28, 2017
ILOILO CITY — Four foreigners are facing charges for allegedly duping a businessman from Guimaras of P42 million in an alleged online scam.
The complaint for large-scale estafa was filed on Monday against Malaysian women Siti Faridah Binti Abdul Hamid and Ishama Binti Sheck Dawood, and Nigerians Chukwudi Ugwu and Francis Onyebuchi Amadi.
They were detained at the National Bureau of Investigation — Western Visayas stockade after their arrest in a hotel in Iloilo City on Friday.
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Their Filipina accomplice was arrested earlier in Cavite.
John Catipunan, NBI-6 special agent, said the arrest stemmed from the complaint of a businessman from Buenavista town in Guimaras.
Catipunan said that the promised investment failed to materialize after giving the suspects a total of P42 million from 2015 to 2017.
“Our complainant was lured through internet by the suspects,” Catipunan said in an interview over RMN Iloilo.
They chatted and convinced the victim to invest, he added.
“We were able to track the IP address of the computer used by the suspects in Malaysia so we decided to conduct an entrapment operation here in Iloilo after inviting the suspects to come for another P 8 million,” Catipunan added.
The modus of the suspects was to befriend their victims through a Facebook account. They would convince their victims to deposit money in the bank but would later claim that they could not withdraw the money due to taxes.
They would again ask money from their victims to pay the taxes in exchange for a big amount once the money is withdrawn from the bank. CBB

Filipinos working in EU countries treated well, says Labor chief

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III stresses the positive EU contribution to the living and working conditions of overseas Filipino workers during a dinner he has hosted  for the EU and EU MS Ambassadors last 17 February 2017. RELEASED PHOTO
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III stresses the positive EU contribution to the living and working conditions of overseas Filipino workers during a dinner he has hosted for the EU and EU MS Ambassadors last 17 February 2017. RELEASED PHOTO
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has stressed the positive feedback he had received from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) regarding the conditions of the more than 800,000 Filipinos who are working and living in European Union countries. 
The labor chief shared this during a dinner meeting he hosted recently for EU ambassadors, who were pleased to hear about the positive feedback from Filipinos who live in Europe.
Filipinos in Europe contribute to the EU and the Philippine economies and are usually well received and treated in accordance with the EU’s standards on labor and social conditions, according to Bello.
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Bello and the EU ambassadors discussed about the EU-Philippines relations, domestic developments in the Philippines, with a focus on labor rights policy, human rights and the CPP-NPA-NDF peace process. Issues related to implementation of the death penalty affecting Filipinos abroad were also discussed. 
Bello also stressed President Rodrigo Duterte’s continuing commitment to peace in the country, in spite of recent setbacks in the CPP-NPA-NDF peace process.
Among those present in the meeting were European Union Ambassador Franz Jessen, Danish Ambassador Jan Top Christensen, French Ambassador Thierry Mathou, Italian Ambassador Massimo Roscigno and Swedish Ambassador Harald Fries.

Pinoy Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia face deportation


 / 05:40 AM February 24, 2017
BAGUIO CITY—Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW) in the Philippines have asked the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to intercede on behalf of Filipinos who face arrest or deportation in Russia for belonging to their faith.
The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of the Philippines, the legal and corporate arm of JW, made the appeal when it met DFA officials this week on behalf of more than 8,000 Filipino Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.
Hundreds of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia are affected by a warning issued by the Russian prosecutor general about what it described as the JW’s “extremist activities.”
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The law, enforced in 2002, bars “public and religious associations or any other organizations, or of mass media, or natural persons [from undertaking activities]… aimed at the forcible change of the foundations of the constitutional system and the violation of the integrity of the Russian Federation.”
The prohibition covers religious activities that impart “propaganda of the exclusiveness, superiority or deficiency of individuals on the basis of their attitude to religion, social, racial, national, religious or linguistic identity.”
The warning was directed at the Administration Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, following the seizure and liquidation of pocket groups of JW congregations recently. The center serves as JW’s national headquarters in Russia.
Dean Jacek, spokesperson of JW in the Philippines, said they filed a formal protest against Russia at the European Court of Human Rights and the United Nations Human Rights Committee.
He said the rule may be used to “freeze the Watch Tower Society’s assets” and confiscate office properties and all Kingdom Halls in Russia.
Russia recently banned JW publications, including Bibles, which do not incite to violence, he said.
“We are not engaged in any extremist activity. We simply want to freely carry out our worship and our Bible education work peacefully,” he said. —GOBLETH MOULIC

OFW ID, OK na kay Pangulong Duterte.


   
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Ang OFW Identification Card System o mas kilala bilang OFW ID ay inaprubahan na nga ni Presidente Duterte noong nakaraang Pebrero 7 sa pulong ng gabinete.
Photo from http://pcoo.gov.ph
Photo from http://pcoo.gov.ph
Magandang balita ito, Kabayan! Bukod sa tulong na maidudulot nito sa pakikipagtransaksyon natin sa mga ahensya ng gobyerno, ang OFW ID ay magsisilbi ding debit card at credit card.
Ayon kay Secretary Silvestre Bello ng DOLE, ang OFW ID system ay isang malaking bahagi ng integrated DOLE system at naglalayong i-ugnay ang DOLE database sa database ng gobyerno katulad ng sa Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administartion (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Social Security System (SSS), Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), at iba pang sangay ng gobyerno. Layunin nito na mapadali ang pag-verify ng dokumento ng OFW at masiguro ang katunayan nito. Bukod sa mga nasabing gamit ng OFW ID, maari rin itong gamiting beep card para sa pagsakay sa LRT at MRT.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella Photo from http://pcoo.gov.ph
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella Photo from http://pcoo.gov.ph
Inaasahang magandang hakbang ito ng Duterte administration upang maayos at malinis ang proseso ng pag dokumento sa mga OFW. Maging ang mga certification sa training at iba pa ay madali na ring makikita online gamit ang OFW ID kaya mahihinto na rin ang paglabas ng mga pekeng dokumento.
Isa lamang ito sa pangako na tinutupad ng Pangulong Duterte. Maaalalang pinahayag ng pangulo na nais niyang unahin ang kapakanan ng mga makabagong bayani dahil sa hirap at pagod ng pagtatrabaho sa ibang bansa.
Excited ka na ba para sa iyong OFW ID, Kabayan? Kung may iba kang pananaw tungkol dito, maaari kang magbigay ng iyong komento o suhestiyon sa aming Facebook Page.

Japanese investor sentiment doesn’t match high profits

Jose M. Galang

Despite expectations of sustained sales and profits growth, Japanese investors in the Philippines do not seem to be as enthusiastic as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in pouring huge amounts of investments into the country. 
Of the Japanese firms operating in the Philippines, 54.4 percent plan to expand their business in the next one to two years, while 44.7 percent will simply maintain their present activities, according to results of a recent survey conducted by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).
A small 1.0 percent of the Japanese companies surveyed also indicated plans to transfer to a third country or withdraw from the local markets.
In the 2015 survey, the proportion of Japanese firms that bared plans to expand their business in the Philippines comprised 55.1 percent of the polled companies. The lower level recorded in the 2016 survey indicated a slightly weaker sentiment among Japanese investors.
And yet a high 77.5 percent of the Japanese companies in the latest survey were projecting profits from operations in the Philippines — the highest rate among countries in Southeast Asia, and the second-highest rate in all of Asia (topped only the profit forecast by 81 percent of Japanese firms in South Korea).
The survey of investor sentiment is conducted yearly by JETRO among top executives of its member-companies that have operations in the Asia and Oceania region. In the Philippines, the survey covered 357 companies although only 103 submitted responses.
Conducted from October 11 to November 11 (with the results released only this week), the 2016 survey coincided with the Tokyo visit of President Duterte on October 26 during which his administration’s economic managers and a big number of Philippine business leaders presented growth targets to a forum attended by Japanese investors.
It remains to be seen how the investor sentiment reflected in the survey would impact on the Japan’s status as the Philippines’ top export market and a leading source of direct investments and bilateral development assistance, particularly in the face of the Duterte government’s bid to deepen economic relations with China, seen as Japan’s rival in the region.
Profits expected
Of the large industries covered in the survey, 83.9 percent were expecting operating profits for 2016 while 9.7 percent predict losses. Among Japanese small and medium enterprises, 67.5 percent project profits from Philippine operations while 12.5 percent expect losses.
Japanese companies in the Philippines that target more the domestic than export markets appear to be more profitable, accounting for 79.5 percent of those that expect profits for 2016, with 7.7 percent seen to incur losses. On the other hand, of those that aim primarily for the export markets, 76.7 percent are projecting profits while 11.7 percent expect to be in the red.
There are several reasons cited by Japanese firms for possible expansion plans in 2017 and 2018. The leading incentive is the potential for increased sales — it was cited by 73.2 percent of the survey respondents in the Philippines, although is actually the lowest rate among Southeast Asian nations.
Other reasons listed by the survey respondents in the Philippines include: high potential for growth (cited by 55.4 percent of the Japanese firms), relationship with clients (23.2 percent), high receptivity for high-value added products (14.3 percent), reviewing production and distribution networks (10.7 percent), reduction of procurement and labor costs (3.6 percent), deregulations (5.4 percent), and easy to secure labor force (7.1 percent).
As to business functions that the surveyed companies intend to expand, 51.8 percent of the respondents in the Philippines listed “sales function”, 23.2 percent said “production of high-value products”, 37.5 percent cited “production of ubiquitous products”, 21.4 percent pointed to “logistics”, 7.1 percent going for “administrative functions in providing services (such as shared services center, call center)”, and small proportions that listed such functions as “regional headquarters” and “research and development”. 
While 40.2 percent of the Japanese firms reported increases in the number of local employees last year, a bigger proportion of 49.5 percent indicated plans to hire more in the coming year. The proportion of Japanese companies reducing work forces, meanwhile, went down from 14.7 percent in 2016 to 8.9 percent planned for this year.
Biggest problems
What are the problems encountered by Japanese firms in the Philippines? The five top concerns raised were: “difficulty in local procurement of raw materials” (listed by 62.1 percent of the respondents), “quality of employees” (57.3 percent), “difficulty in quality control” (53.5 percent), “wage increases” (44.7 percent), and “volatility of the local currency’s exchange rate against the US dollar” (40.2 percent). Except for local procurement, the other problems were raised by more respondents in the 2016 survey compared to the year before.
The survey also queried the respondents about common problems encountered by Japanese businesses in the region. The responses showed “complicated customs clearance procedures” to be on top in the Philippines, cited by 40 percent of the respondents. However, seven other countries in the region posted higher rates.
Other region-wide concerns listed by the Japanese executives in the Philippines are: “volatility of the local currency’s exchange rate against the Japanese yen” (35.3 percent), “difficulty in developing new clients on the market” (noted by 31.1 percent of the respondents), “major clients requesting lower prices” (28.2 percent), and “no more room for cost-cutting” (25.9 percent). 
The JETRO survey covered 20 countries — 5 in Northeast Asia (including China), 9 in the ASEAN region, 4 in Southwest Asia, and 2 in Oceania — and concluded that on the overall, business confidence in emerging countries is “improving” and that the “low intention to expand business in China and Southeast Asia was likely to bottom out and continue decreasing in Southwest Asia.”

Islamic State forced Pinoy nurses to treat militants, give medical training in Libya

TRIPOLI - A Philippine nurse held by Islamic State in the Libyan city of Sirte said on Monday that she and her colleagues had been forced to treat militants and give them medical training.
The nurse is from a group of seven women, one man and a 10-month-old child who are being repatriated from Libya to the Philippines. They were freed from Sirte when local forces drove Islamic State from the city last year.
Islamic State took full control of Sirte in early 2015, turning it into their North African stronghold and holding dozens of foreign captives. The Filipino nationals are medical staff who were among foreign workers already in the city when it came under the ultra-hardline group's rule.
"When they found out we were Muslim they released us but under a strict condition that we will have to work as nurses in their hospital and we had to train ISIS (Islamic State) on emergency care and nursing course," the nurse told reporters in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
"It was a horrible time. Each day we lived in fear. We didn't know what was going to happen next. And they threatened to kill us if we left Sirte."
The Filipino staff worked at Sirte's main hospital, which Islamic State used to treat their wounded fighters until they were pushed out of central Sirte in August.
Militants then retreated towards their final strongholds near Sirte's seafront, taking medical equipment and foreign captives with them.
Islamic State was defeated in Sirte in early December, after nearly seven months of fighting. The Filipino medical staff and many of the other foreign captives were freed in the final stages of the battle.
Since then they have been held in Misrata, the city that led the military campaign in Sirte. Also held there are dozens of women from sub-Saharan Africa who were captured while crossing Libya as migrants and used as sex slaves in Sirte.
Earlier this month an Indian doctor who had also been trapped in Sirte, Ramamurthy Kosanam, was flown out of Libya.
He said on Sunday that he had worked in field hospitals run by Islamic State for about two-and-a-half months, and was shot in the hand and both legs during battles before being rescued by local Libyan fighters. —Reuters

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