Philippines

DFA raises ‘Crisis Alert Level 4’ in Ukraine, orders evacuation

By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz 

(Anadolu photo)

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has raised crisis alert level 4 for all areas in Ukraine, paving the way for the implementation of the mandatory evacuation for all Filipinos.

In an advisory on Monday, the DFA said the mandatory evacuation will be at the government’s expense.

“Filipinos in Ukraine will be assisted by the Philippine Embassy in Poland and the Rapid Response Team, which are currently assisting Filipino nationals for repatriation and relocation,” the DFA said.

The DFA has four alert levels—Alert Level 1 or the ‘precautionary phase,’ Alert Level 2 or ‘restriction phase,’ Alert Level 3 or voluntary repatriation phase, and Alert Level 4 for mandatory evacuation or repatriation.

According to the DFA website, Alert Level 4 is issued when there is a “large-scale internal conflict or full-blown external attack” in the country.

It advised Filipinos remaining in Ukraine to contact the Philippine Embassy in Poland through phone, Viber, or Whatsapp at +48 604 357 396.

The Assistance-to-Nationals (ATN) office may also be reached through phone, Viber, or Whatsapp at +48 694 491 663.

“The DFA continues to closely monitor the political and security developments in Ukraine,” the DFA said. (PNA)

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