Alert level 4 raised in Libya—DFA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 1, 2019   •   1427

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) raised the alert level from III to IV in Libya due to the increased threats to the safety and security of the Filipinos in the said country.

According to their statement on Wednesday (May 1), the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli recommended Foreign Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. to raise the alert level.

“The current situation on the ground could no longer guarantee the safety and security of Filipinos who chose to remain despite repeated appeals for them to go home,” the statement reads.

The new alert level covers Tripoli and other areas within a 100-kilometer radius from the capital.

There are over 1,000 Filipinos living in Tripoli.

Locsin appealed to Filipinos in Libya to consider repatriation and requested families to convince their love ones to go home before it’s too late.—Aileen Cerrudo

DFA reports 17 new cases of confirmed COVID-19 among OFWs; total cases at 6,091

Marje Pelayo   •   June 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has reported 17 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection among overseas Filipino workers (OFW).

This brings the total number of Filipinos abroad infected by COVID-19 to 6,091.

Meanwhile, the total number of recoveries from the disease is now at 2,843 with one new recovery in Asia and the Pacific.

However, six new deaths were recorded in Europe and the Middle East bringing the total number of fatalities to 472.

Those under treatment in different facilities around the world  are at 2,776, according to the DFA. 

The DFA along with its Foreign Service Posts assures continued service and assistance to Filipinos across the globe.

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Over 300 repatriated Filipino sailors from Germany arrive in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   May 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – More than 300 Filipino seafarers repatriated from cruise ships docked in Germany have arrived in the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the DFA said the group was among the crewmembers of Sea Chefs and TUI cruises who had to wait for two months to be repatriated after their usual cruise liner routes, mainly in the Caribbean region, were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The repatriated Filipinos landed in Manila on May 25 after they departed from Hamburg via a chartered TUI Airlines flight, the department said.

The repatriates were assisted at the send-off by TUI staff, Philippine Ambassador to Germany Ma. Theresa Dizon-De Vega, and Labor Attaché Delmer Cruz, it added.

Before boarding, Ambassador Dizon-De Vega expressed appreciation to the Filipino crew for their patience and understanding, as well as the companies for their coordination.

“It has been a very difficult period for all of you and we look forward to the time when you can all come back to work in the cruise industry,” Dizon-De Vega said.

Libya talks suspended after rebels attack Tripoli port

UNTV News   •   February 19, 2020

Libya’s internationally recognized government on Tuesday (February 18) suspended talks hosted by the United Nations to halt warfare over the capital after eastern forces shelled Tripoli’s port, killing three people and almost hitting a highly explosive gas tanker.

Footage from Tripoli’s port showed black smoke rising near docked ships from the area believed to have been hit by shelling.

The U.N. has been hosting in Geneva ceasefire talks between officers from the Tripoli government and the eastern-based Libya National Army (LNA) led by commander Khalifa Haftar.

The two factions have been trying to take the capital in a near year-long campaign, displacing at least 150,000 people.

The LNA on Tuesday shelled Tripoli port, saying first it had attacked a Turkish vessel bringing weapons but saying later it had hit an arms depot. Three civilians were killed and five wounded, the Tripoli forces said.

In response to the LNA attack, the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord said in a statement it suspended its participation in ceasefire talks “until firm responses are taken against the attacker, and we will respond firmly to the attack in appropriate timing.” (Reuters)

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