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
Filipinos spend more time on social media compared with the rest of the world, according to a recent report of Global Web Index.
The Philippines tops the list with an average of 4 hours a day spent on social media. Brazil ranked second with 3:45 hours spent while Nigeria and Colombia tied in the third spot with 3:36 hours spent.
The hours spent on social media in the Philippines increased from 2:49 hours in 2012 to 4:01 hours in 2019. The country also has remained the top country that spends the most hours on social media for seven years.
Meanwhile, the top motivations of internet users to use social media is to be up-to-date with the latest news and current events (40%), staying in touch with friends (39%) and finding funny or entertaining content (38%).
However, 47% of the 16-24 year old age group said that finding funny or entertaining content is their top motivation for using social media. 46% answered “to fill up spare time” while 43% answered “to stay in touch with friends.”—AAC
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