Five Pinoys repatriated from Egypt
MANILA, Philippines - Five Filipinos in Egypt are being repatriated to the Philippines, amid escalating violence in the country.
This after the Philippine government last Tuesday ordered the mandatory evacuation of 6,000 Filipinos in Egypt, after days of violent clashes. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario made a visit to Egypt to look into the security situation.
Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary and spokesman Raul Hernandez said three Filipinos were from Cairo and two were from Alexandria. They were scheduled to arrive at 4:20 p.m. in Manila today (August 21).
"We call on our kababayans in Egypt to get in touch with our embassy in Cairo immediately and to avail of our mandatory repatriation program for their safety. Secretary Del Rosario raised crisis alert level 4 over Egypt on August 19 after he saw for himself the marked deterioration of peace and order, given the political upheaval in that country," Hernandez said.
The Department of Foreign Affairs raised Crisis Alert Level 4 in Egypt, which calls for mandatory repatriation of Filipinos in the country at Philippine government expense. A Rapid Response Team arrived in Cairo on August 17 to assist in the implementation of the repatriation program.
There are around 6,000 Filipinos in Egypt, with around 4,000 of them in Cairo.
Del Rosario earlier said that the marked deterioration of peace and order in Egypt, exacerbated by the ongoing political instability and grave security challenges in that country, make working and living there increasingly difficult and dangerous.
Filipinos in Egypt may contact the Philippine Embassy in Cairo for assistance with the following details: