Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) recently raised Alert Level 2, or the” restriction phase,” in Sudan in light of the prevailing civil unrest in the country’s capital and other areas.
A statement issued on Thursday said that the DFA elucidated that Alert Level 2 is raised “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 DFA stated.
The DFA said it raised Alert Level 2 last June 7. They also cautioned Filipinos not to travel to Sudan at this time due to the ongoing civil conflict.
The DFA stated that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will only allow the return of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) if they have existing employment contracts and in consideration of other special circumstances.
The DFA also admonished Filipinos in Sudan who are in need assistance that they may reach the Philippine Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, through telephone numbers (+202) 252-13062 or its Facebook Page.
Individuals may also contact the Philippine Honorary Consul in Khartoum at (+249) 183-468717 or (+249) 183-468716.
There are at this time around 3,000 Filipinos living in Sudan as based on figures from the DFA.
Earlier reports of a “violent crackdown” on “pro-democracy protesters and the dispersal of their peaceful sit-in” in the capital of Sudan had killed at least 60 people.