MANILA – The Philippine government has raised and downgraded its crisis alert levels for many countries due to the prevailing security situation in a particular area.
On Tuesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs lowered the security alert level in Thailand following the improving security in Bangkok.
Last week, the DFA raised crisis alert level 3 in Iraq as the security situation in that country continues to deteriorate.
There are a dozen countries which have been placed under one of the four categories of the DFA's Crisis Alert Levels.
In his Facebook page, Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration listed the countries under an alert level and the status of deployment of overseas Filipino workers.
SUMMARY OF ALERT LEVELS as of 17 June 2014:
• Alert Level 4 (Mandatory Repatriation, Total Ban on OFW Deployment) - Syria
• Alert Level 3 (Voluntary Repatriation, Total Ban on OFW Deployment) South Sudan, Iraq (Except Kurdistan), Libya (Partial Deployment for Certain Categories of Returning Workers)
• Alert Level 2 (Restriction Phase, Ban on Deployment of New Hires Only) - Yemen, Ukraine
• Alert Level 1 (Precautionary Phase, No Deployment Ban) - Egypt, Kenya, Lebanon, Venezuela, Kurdistan (Northern part of Iraq), Thailand