PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
DFA orders voluntary repatriation of OFWs in South Sudanby Susan G. de Leon
MANILA, Jan. 10 (PIA) -- The Department of Foreign affairs has instructed the Philippine Embassy in Cairo to implement the voluntary repatriation for overseas Filipino workers in South Sudan.
This, as the Foreign Affairs department raises the crisis alert level to alert level 3 (voluntary repatriation) in light of the deteriorating security situation caused by inter-ethnic violence in the country
In a news release, DFA Secretary Albert del Rosario said that the government is ready to move out OFWs who wish to leave South Sudan.
The DFA has also coordinated with the Department of Labor & Employment (DOLE) to put in place a deployment ban effective immediately.
The Agency also advised all Filipinos not to travel to South Sudan at this time.
There are 150 Filipinos in South Sudan, mostly in construction companies, with the United Nations and in non-governmental organizations.
The Embassy is also dispatching a consular/assistance to nationals (ATN) mission to South Sudan to further validate its contingency plan and to provide assistance to Filipinos who wish to leave.
According to the Embassy, the area of violence is confined to villages in the border area between Sudan and South Sudan.
In July 2011, South Sudan won its independence from Sudan. (DFA/RJB/SDL/PIA-NCR)