MANILA - Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario went to Tripoli in Libya to assess the government's contingency plan for Filipinos.
Del Rosario arrived in Tripoli on Wednesday and met with Philippine Embassy officials and the Rapid Response Team tasked to implement the government's contingency plan.
The DFA raised its Crisis Alert Level to Libya from Level 2 (restriction phase) to Level 3 (voluntary repatriation phase) in view of the worsening security in the country.
Under Alert Level 3, Filipinos in Libya are encouraged to leave the country voluntarily as soon as possible. The Philippine government will shoulder the repatriation cost.
Filipinos in Libya are further advised to contact the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli to coordinate their repatriation:
Philippine Embassy in Tripoli
Address: KM 7 Gargaresh Road, Abu Nawas, Tripoli.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com.
Hotline number: (+218) 918244208
Telephone number: (+218-21) 483-3966
The DFA said there are about 13,122 Filipinos in Libya.