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Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. (second from left) is awarded a water-themed painting by Artist Ivan Acuña; the MWSI Special Partnership Award; and a plaque of recognition from Maynilad officials (from left) President and CEO Victorico P. Vargas, Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chief Operations Officer Herbert M. Consunji and Chief Finance Officer Randolph T. Estrellado during the 5th Anniversary Celebrations of the Maynilad Water Services Inc. which was held recently at the SM Mall of Asia. The Special Partnership Award was given in recognition of the contribution of the Parañaque City Government and Mayor Jun Bernabe for the continued expansion of MWSI water services in the city. (Photo By: Jun Budlat)
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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

DFA orders voluntary repatriation of OFWs in South Sudan

by 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)

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