Baldoz says only one OFW injured in Libya hotel attack; victim in stable condition

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said the overseas Filipino worker, a female, who sustained five gunshot wounds when terrorists stormed a luxury hotel in Tripoli, Libya, is the only Filipino injured in the attack, but she is now safe and recuperating at a Tripoli hospital.

“She is recuperating. Once she is repatriated, she and her family  will receive proper assistance from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration even if she is not an active member,” said Baldoz, after she received a report on the condition of the OFW from Labor Attache Nasser Munder.

The female OFW, was deployed as employee to Kentz Engineers and Constructors. She sustained five gunshot wounds during the attack—two in the chest, one in the arm, one in the knee, and one in the leg—but has been declared out of danger.

“She is now in stable condition at the Metiga Hospital. Her husband, a brother, and a sister are with her and watching over her,” Baldoz said.

The labor and employment chief added that because the hospital do not the ample equipment, the existing government in Tripoli had offered to airlift the OFW to Malta or Turkey where she can get better treatment while awaiting repatriation to the Philippines.

The OWWA, through Acting Administrator Josefino Torres, said it will provide OFW, with repatriation assistance, which includes such services as airport assistance, temporary shelter at the Halfway Home, psycho-social counseling, stress debriefing, and provision of transport services or fares for her onward travel to her home province, if she is from one.

When she comes home and decides not to go abroad anymore, she can avail of training on value formation, financial literacy, entrepreneurial development training (EDT), techno-skills and capacity building before she decides whether to work again locally or engage in some entrepreneurial activities.

Baldoz said the POEA will also assist in facilitating the payment of her salaries and benefits from her employer.

Initial reports said two OFWs died in the attack, but Secretary Baldoz said the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office said the two were not Filipinos.

“Our local hire in Tripoli had accompanied Charge d’ Affaires Adel Cruz to the Central Hospital Mortuary in Libya where the two alleged Filipino workers were brought, but they were advised to go to the Tripoli Central Police Station where the case was first reported. There, the chief of police confirmed that the court had already seen the documents of the dead bodies and that they were not Filipinos, but Kazakhs who only looked like Korean or Filipinos,” Baldoz said.

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