South Korean defense officials confirmed North Korea conducted another nuclear bomb test over the weekend.
Pyongyang has initially warned of launching a missile attack targeting Guam, a US pacific territory.
It can be noted North Korea also launched an intercontinental ballistic missile tests that flew over Japan last month.
This prompted the Philippine government to conduct steps that would protect Filipinos abroad in the event the nuclear threat from North Korea further escalates.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Philippine embassies in affected areas are prepared for any eventuality.
“Under the contingency plan of each post, we will activate the contingency plan when there is a crisis and we are prepared on those areas,” DFA Office of Migrant Workers Affairs director Atty. Rose Fangco said.
Even the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has prepared contingency plans.
“We speak as one voice. The DFA and DOLE agreed on a contingency manual so our contingency manual, a plan of action; these are prepared at all embassies and Philippine Embassies in the world. The Embassy in Seoul is no different,” OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said.
The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) is also on alert should Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear threats further escalate.
“The first responders are always the LGU’s. We give them guidance and advice on how to prepare,” OCD ASec. Kristoffer James Purisima said.
The OCD said the public should take the missile tests of North Korea seriously especially since Pyongyang seems to have no intention of stopping it. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News and Rescue