PHL downgrades alert level in Egypt, but Filipinos still advised to leave

November 12, 2013 10:33 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 12 -– The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has downgraded its crisis alert level in Egypt on Tuesday amid improving security situation, but said Filipinos there should still consider leaving.

From alert level 4, which calls for mandatory evacuation, the DFA is now imposing alert level 3 or voluntary evacuation in the North African state.

“Under alert level 3, Filipinos in Egypt are still encouraged to leave,” said Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez in a press briefing.

Labor deployment will continue, he said, but travel to Egypt is being discouraged.

Filipinos who wish to get out of Egypt are advised to get in touch with Philippine embassy officials in Cairo.

Hernandez said the Philippine government will continue to monitor and assess the security situation there.

Only 163 out of the estimated 6,000 Filipinos there have sought government-organized repatriation since civil unrest erupted again this year.

“While the level of violence has subsided, the situation remains volatile so our citizens there are still advised to exercise caution and stay away from areas where protests are held,” Hernandez said. (PNA)

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