MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday raised crisis alert level 2 for Ukraine following ongoing political unrest in the country.
Alert level 2 or restriction phase strongly urges Filipinos in Ukraine to restrict non-essential movements and avoid public places.
It likewise advises Filipinos to "closely monitor developments, and prepare for possible evacuation."
"The Philippine expresses its deep concerns regarding developments in Ukraine and calls on all parties to exercise restraint, not to escalate through the use of forces, and follow obligations under international law," the DFA said in a statement.
The Philippines has no embassy in Kiev, Ukraine's capital.
Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) show that only 115 overseas Filipino workers were deployed to Ukraine in 2013 and 57 in 2012, or a total of 175. Most of the OFWs deployed were administrative and managerial workers (41) while 30 are service workers.