DFA lowers alert level for Thailand

Posted at 06/16/14 4:42 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has lowered the crisis alert level in Thailand, as the political situation continues to stabilize.

"Given the continuing normalization of the political situation in Thailand, including the lifting of the curfew nationwide last June 13, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario lowered the crisis alert level from 2 to 1," the DFA said.

Under alert level 1, Filipinos in Thailand are advised to take necessary precautions.

This also means the government is lifting the ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers, whether balik-manggagawa or newly-hired.

Last Friday, Thailand's ruling military government lifted a nationwide curfew to bolster the country's vital tourism industry and promised to install an interim government in August.

General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who heads the council that has overseen the country since taking over on May 22, said that power would be handed to a government in August. That, he said, was part of a three-phase plan of reconciliation, formation of a government and elections.

The curfew was imposed throughout Thailand after the coup. - With Reuters