MANILA—Filipinos in protest-hit Libya, Bahrain and Yemen remain safe but Philippine embassies in those countries are on heightened alert, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday.
This as the DFA advised Filipinos against “non-essential and non-urgent travels” until the security situation in those countries have stabilized.
This is in light of protest actions taking place in those countries.
The Philippine embassies in Tripoli, Manama and Riyadh have reported that they are in constant contact with the Filipinos there. The embassies have established 24-hour crisis monitoring teams.
The embassy in Riyadh covers Yemen.
As of June 2010, there are around 31,000 Filipinos in Bahrain, while 1,400 are in Yemen and around 26,000 are in Libya.
The embassies have also advised Filipinos to be alert when in public places or on major roads and to stay away from large crowds and demonstrations.
In Tripoli, about 1,800 Filipinos are working at an airport construction project in Benghazi City, some 19 kilometers from central Benghazi, where the protests are taking place.
The embassy in Tripoli communicated with an official of the construction firm, SNC Lavelin Company, and was informed that the Filipinos there are safe inside the work site, which has its own security force.
The SNC Lavelin said the Filipinos have accommodations and ample food and water.
At the same time, the embassy noted that even the Thai, Indonesian, Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi embassies—which also have sizable populations in Libya—have not announced any evacuation at this time.
In Libya, clashes between protesters and security forces snowballed on Sunday in the northeastern cities. News reports confirmed 173 deaths.
The embassy in Riyadh said that it communicated with members of the Filipino community in Yemen, who informed them that the Filipinos in the Arab country were relatively safe, and that malls and all transportation facilities were working normally.
In Yemen, President Ali Abdullah Saleh offered to oversee a dialogue between the ruling party and the opposition to appease protesters.
Meanwhile, the Embassy in Manama has issued an advisory to Filipinos in Bahrain to remain calm and avoid joining or going in places of protest actions. It has also provided a telephone hotline.
Protest actions continued to cool down in Bahrain Sunday as opposition groups working to present protesters’ demands met to coordinate a response to the government’s call for dialogue.
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