VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION ENCOURAGED AMONG FILIPINO WORKERS
POSSIBLE DEPLOYMENT BAN TO BE IMPLEMENTED IMMEDIATELY
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) today raised Alert Level III in Libya and urged Filipinos in Tripoli and nearby areas to consider getting themselves and their dependents repatriated to avoid getting caught in the middle of ongoing clashes between rival factions.
In raising the Alert Level from II (Restriction Phase) to III (Voluntary Repatriation), the Department cited its obligation to ensure the safety and security of all Filipino nationals overseas.
The Philippine Embassy in Tripoli gave the recommendation to raise the Alert Level following the escalation of the fighting that included the shelling of residential areas in the outskirts of the capital.
Alert Level III will cover Tripoli and areas within a 100-kilometer radius of the capital as follows:
To the East
- Ghot Romman
- Qasr Khiyar
To the South
- Bani Waled
To the West
With the declaration, the Department said travel to Libya by Filipinos working in the said areas will not be allowed until the situation in the country stabilizes and the alert level is lowered back to II.
The Department said Filipinos in areas near the fighting should move to safer areas or request the Embassy for assistance in their repatriation before the fighting intensifies.
The Department said the Embassy will remain open to respond to requests for assistance from Filipinos who might be affected by the fighting.