Filipinos in South Korea told: Be prepared amid tensions

Gillan Ropero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 07 2017 06:52 PM | Updated as of Sep 07 2017 09:02 PM

The Demilitarized Zone. Thea Alberto-Masakayan, ABS-CBN News

MANILA — The Philippine Embassy in South Korea has warned Filipinos to stay alert and follow a newly issued contingency plan amid rising tensions in the Korean Peninsula.

The Embassy released the contingency plan on its Facebook page Thursday, days after reclusive North Korea hailed as "a perfect success" its test of a supposed hydrogen bomb.

Filipinos were instructed to prepare a survival kit and contact their area coordinator if the Embassy raises its second alert level, under which Philippine citizens are told to avoid places of potential conflict.

A survival kit must contain water, food, personal effects and a hygiene kit, important documents and money, medication, a first aid kit, maps, a flashlight, a multi-purpose knife, and matches, among others.

In the event of military encounters near the demilitarized zone, Filipinos may voluntarily repatriate, the Embassy said 

Filipinos are advised to seek one of 25,724 emergency shelters in South Korea in case of air strikes and artillery fire, the Embassy said.

 

Filipinos may also download the free “Emergency Ready App,” a mobile phone application which locates the nearest shelters, has first aid videos, and allows for quick emergency calls.

The embassy said a mandatory evacuation will take place in the event of a full-scale war.

Evacuation points include the following areas: Busan, Mokpo, Kwangju, Daegu, Cheongju, and Pyeongtaek.

The embassy said it would arrange for the transport of Filipinos back home or to a third destination prior to their trip back to the Philippines. 

There are an estimated 60,000 Filipinos in South Korea, per figures of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas.