DFA cautions Filipinos against travel to Iraq

Marje Pelayo   •   October 28, 2019   •   225

Iraqi protesters take part in an anti-Iraq government protest in the al-Tayaran square in central Baghdad, Iraq, 04 October 2019 (issued on 07 October 2019). A wave of unrest and violent protests in Iraq have left at least 100 people dead and thousands injured. EPA-EFE/MURTAJA LATEEF

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Sunday (October 27) asked Filipinos to postpone any travel to Iraq in view of the ongoing unrest in the country.

In an advisory, the DFA calls on Filipinos that if travel to Iraq is inevitable or could not be delayed, avoid flights with early morning or late night arrivals in Baghdad, Basra, and the Kurdistan Region.

Also, curfews are currently imposed in several cities.

Filipinos needing assistance may contact the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad at the following information:

Mobile
(+964) 781-606-6822
(+964) 773-569-9562
(+964) 750-810-5240

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baghdad.pe@dfa.gov.ph

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DFA warns against fake Korean visa assistance services

Marje Pelayo   •   November 1, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Embassy in Seoul, South Korea is reminding Filipinos to be wary of bogus visa processing services directed at irregular migrants.

The embassy added that these fake visa providers usually advertise on Facebook enticing Filipinos who wish to acquire valid visa to be able to apply for a job in South Korea.

“Please note that there is no such service allowed by Korean authorities,” the Embassy said.

“Members of the Filipino Community are encouraged to advise kababayans not to entertain these schemes, nor spread these in social media,” it added.

ADVISORY ON BOGUS KOREAN VISA ASSISTANCE SERVICE The Philippine Embassy in Seoul wishes to remind the Filipino public…

Posted by Philippine Embassy in Korea on Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Justice sought for Filipina who jumped off a building in Abu Dhabi

Marje Pelayo   •   October 17, 2019

Kin of Mary Jean Balag-ey-Alberto cry for justice after the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) fell to her death from the 13th floor of a building in Abu Dhabi where she had been working.

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) assured the grieving family of Filipina worker, Mary Jean Balag-ey Alberto, that the agency is closely monitoring the development of her case together with local authorities in the United Arab Emirates.

Alberto reportedly died on October 2 when she allegedly jumped off the 13th floor of a building in Abu Dhabi where she had been working.

“The Department shall respond appropriately once the results of the forensic investigation are released,” Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola said.

In a statement, the DFA said the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (OUMWA) and the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi are in coordination with Alberto’s family.

Specifically, Embassy representatives assisted Alberto’s daughter in a case conference with the concerned UAE authorities and a lawyer was retained to personally pursue immediate legal steps to ensure that justice for the death of the Filipina worker would be served.

According to UAE authorities, Alberto committed suicide but her family is seeking the truth on a possible foul play regarding her death.

“The Department is extending all assistance necessary in the immediate resolution of the case, as well as in the repatriation of Ms. Alberto’s remains to the Philippines,” the DFA in the statement concluded.

DFA advised Filipinos in Iraq to keep safe amid unrest

Marje Pelayo   •   October 8, 2019

Iraqi protesters take part in an anti-Iraq government protest in the al-Tayaran square in central Baghdad, Iraq, 04 October 2019 (issued on 07 October 2019). A wave of unrest and violent protests in Iraq have left at least 100 people dead and thousands injured. EPA-EFE/MURTAJA LATEEF

BAGHDAD, Iraq – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is again reminding Filipinos in Iraq to take the necessary precautions in view of the ongoing unrest there.

Filipinos, especially those living and working in Baghdad, are advised to remain indoors and to avoid unnecessary travels especially in areas where demonstrations are taking place, the DFA said.

Likewise, Filipinos are advised to make sure that they have stored enough food and water should demonstrations escalate and to call the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad if they require assistance.

Meanwhile, the DFA is requesting families in the Philippines to relay its advisory to their next of kin working in Iraq in view of the interruption in communication services.

They can also go to the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs or the nearest DFA offices should they need assistance, the DFA said.

Iraqi protesters go to the streets to air their opposition against what they call “decades of corruption” under Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.

They are demanding for the prime minister’s resignation to give way to a total overhaul of the country’s political system.

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