Filipinos in Myanmar advised to avoid places of protests; 55 Filipinos return to Manila
Alert Level 2 declared for Filipinos in Myanmar as 55 OFWs return to Manila
MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) raised the alert level for Myanmar to Alert Level 2 as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of the remaining 1,273 Filipinos.
In a statement, the DFA said Filipinos have been advised to restrict movements and avoid places of protest and prepare for possible evacuation.
“Only returning workers with existing contracts shall be allowed to travel in Myanmar,” the DFA said. Filipinos in Myanmar have been advised to exercise due caution, monitor developments through reputable sources and avoid places of protest and be guided the Philippine Embassy advisories.
Meanwhile, 55 overseas Filipinos returned to Manila via Myanmar National Airlines at 1:25 PM today. This was the 14th COVID-19 relief flight arranged by the Philippine Embassy in Yangon and the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs.
Majority of the passengers paid for the fare. Two repatriates were directly assisted by the Philippine government which paid for their overstaying fees and tickets.
As of February 20,2021, the DFA has brought some 368,736 overseas Filipinos since it began its COVID-19-related repatriations a year ago. (Melo M. Acuña)