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Phl appeals to Israeli gov’t to treat overstaying Filipinos in humane, sensitive manner

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2019

Filipino migrant workers welcome President Rodrigo Duterte during his state visit to Israel on Sept 03, 2018 | Courtesy: RTVM

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has appealed to the Israeli government to treat overstaying Filipinos in a humane and sensitive manner. 

The appeal stemmed from a report that the department received on the scheduled deportation of Filipino workers from Israel.

In a statement it released last Friday (June 21), the DFA said that “while the Philippines respects Israeli laws, it reiterates its request for the Israeli government to treat overstaying Filipinos in a humane and sensitive manner, since children may be involved.”

It added, however, that the department has called on “Filipinos in Israel to observe the host country’s laws.”

The DFA also confirmed that “the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel is already coordinating with the Population and Border Authority (PIBA) to facilitate the repatriation of overstaying Filipinos and their families.”

It added that PIBA “will provide repatriation tickets to those who are endorsed by the Embassy.”

The DFA also reiterates that it is “ready to provide the necessary assistance to affected Filipinos, and is working with other government agencies on reintegration programs for those who will be repatriated.”

“Affected Filipinos are requested to proceed to the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv to receive (an) orientation on the repatriation program as well as government reintegration services,” the press statement added. /mbmf

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DFA raises alert level in Sudan due to ongoing civil unrest

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2019

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday (June 14) announced that it raised the alert level in Sudan to Alert Level 2 on June 7, following the ongoing civil unrest in the capital of Khartoum and other areas of the country.

In a statement released by the DFA, it said: “Alert Level 2 or Restriction Phase is issued if there are real threats to the lives, security, and properties of Filipinos due to instability in a particular country.”

“Filipinos who remain in the country where Alert Level 2 is in effect are advised to restrict non-essential movements, avoid public places, and prepare for evacuation,” the statement added.

The agency added that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will only allow the return of overseas Filipino workers who have existing employment contracts and in consideration of “other special circumstances”.

Filipinos in Sudan in need of assistance are urged to contact the Philippine embassy in Cairo, Egypt, through telephone numbers (+202) 252-13062 or through its Facebook Page.

They may also contact the Philippine Honorary Consul in Khartoum at (+249) 183-468717 or (+249) 183-468716.

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15 Filipino repatriates to arrive from Libya

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 30th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Fifteen (15) Filipinos are expected to arrive home to the Philippines on Thursday (May 30) as part of the Philippine Embassy’s efforts to repatriate Filipino workers affected by the conflict in Tripoli, Libya.

The civil war in Libya which broke out almost two months ago prompted the repatriation of around 70 Filipinos, as of this writing.

The latest batch of repatriates which include five minors and two Islamic scholars, are now en route to Tunis where they will board their connecting flight to Manila via Dubai, according to Embassy Chargè d’Affaires and Head of Mission Elmer Cato.

They are expected to arrive in the country Thursday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli reiterated its appeal to the more than 1,000 other Filipinos still in Tripoli and to their families to convince their loved ones in Libya to accept the government’s repatriation offer or to, at least, move themselves to safer ground.

According to Chargé d’Affaires Cato, they have lost contact with several Filipinos who refused to leave even if heavy fighting between conflicting factions are taking place in their areas.

The Embassy “expressed serious concern” over the safety of some 40 Filipinos in areas where fierce fighting continues, including 14 Filipinos working for Al Nahr Company and 18 Filipino nurses from the Al Afia Clinic that was struck by mortar rounds last month.

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PH Envoy: 15 more Filipinos to return home from Libya

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – More Filipino workers in war-torn Libya will soon arrive home, Philippine Chargè d’Affaires Elmer Cato said on Wednesday.

In a post on Twitter, Cato said the latest batch of 15 Filipinos, including five minors, were briefed by the Philippine Embassy in Libya before they were evacuated from the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

@PhinLibya briefs the latest batch of 15 Filipinos, including five minors, prior to their evacuation from Tripoli this morning,” Cato said.

This brings to 70 the number of kababayan who requested the assistance of @DFAPHL and @doleph in returning to the Philippines,” he added.

According to Cato, this is the biggest number of Filipinos to be evacuated since the latest conflict erupted in April.

The repatriates are expected to arrive in Manila on Thursday.

“This is so far the biggest number of Filipinos to be repatriated by @PhinLibya, @DFAPHL, and @doleph since the current crisis in Tripoli erupted almost two months ago,” he said.

“The repatriates will arrive in Manila from Tunis via Dubai on Thursday,” he added.

Last May 17, at least 11 Filipinos were repatriated from Libya amid heavy continued heavy fighting.

READ: 11 more Filipinos to arrive home from Libya

The DFA recently enforced a mandatory evacuation of Filipino workers in Tripoli and other areas within a 100-kilometer radius from the capital due to escalating tensions.

READ: Alert level 4 raised in Libya – DFA

Cato also said in a Twitter update that they have been trying to reach a group of Filipino engineers who refused to leave their compound amid heavy clashes in the outskirts of Tripoli.

“They have been incommunicado for the past four days,” he added.

The DFA official earlier called on Filipinos working in Tripoli to heed their advice to get out of the harm’s way by availing of the repatriation program they offer.

He said the ability of the DFA officials to respond to calls for assistance by Filipinos in distress becomes more difficult or even impossible to carry out as the fighting gets closer to the capital.

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