Philippines and Libya | 42 years of diplomatic relations

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Philippines and Libya | 42 years of diplomatic relations | DFA

Today, November 17, we celebrate 42 years of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Libya.

The Philippines and Libya established diplomatic relations on November 17, 1972.

Libya is a country in North Africa, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad and Niger to the south, and Algeria and Tunisia to the west.

Libya currency is called Libyan Dinar and the official language is Arabic.

About 97% of the population in Libya are Muslims.

The flight time from Tripoli, Libya to Manila, Philippines is 13 hours and 15 minutes.

This assumes an average flight speed for a commercial airliner of 500 mph, which is equivalent to 805 km/h or 434 knots. It also adds an extra 30 minutes for take-off and landing. Your exact time may vary depending on wind speeds.

The calculation of flight time is based on the straight line flight distance from Tripoli, Libya to Manila, Philippines (“as the crow flies”), which is about 6,670 miles or 10 734 kilometers.

The Philippines is 6 hours ahead of Libya. 7 PM Saturday in Libya is 1 AM Sunday
in the Philippines.

The Philippine Embassy in Libya is located at KM 7 Gargaresh Road, Abu Nawas, Tripoli, Libya.

The post office address is P.O. Box 12508, Tripoli, LIBYA (G.S.P.L.A.J.)

The Philippine embassy number in Libya is (+218) 91 824-4208 and the POLO number is (+218) 92 48-5473.

The Philippine Embassy in Tripoli has an official website at

The Libyan Embassy in the Philippines is located at 2056 Lumbang cor.Caballero Streets Dasmariñas Village, Makati City,Philippines.The telephone number is (+63) 2 817-7331 to 32.

Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced that the Governing Board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is poised to approve a resolution imposing a total deployment ban to Libya.

The total deployment ban to Libya, meanwhile, was an offshoot of the Alert Level 3 raised by the DFA due to the escalation of violence in the Arab state.

“If there is an Alert Level 3 from the DFA, an automatic deployment ban is imposed. If we will allow the OFWs to leave, we will just be exposing them to danger,” Undersecretary Jacinto Paras said.

Paras meantime urged OFWs stranded in Libya who wish to come home and be repatriated back to the Philippines to immediately seek assistance from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) or with the officers from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

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