MANILA - Filipinos based in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been advised to remain on alert amid the health threat of the Ebola outbreak.
"The Philippine Embassy in Nairobi, which has jurisdiction over the DRC, has advised the Filipino community to remain cautious and observe health safety precautions at all times," the Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the ebola virus disease as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). WHO also recommended the implementation of heightened health measures in the DRC, which remains the only affected country in the region.
The DFA said it is closely monitoring the developments on the ebola outbreak in Central Africa.
It added that relevant government agencies such as the Department of Health and its Bureau of Quarantine, the Bureau of Immigration, the Civil Aeronautics Board and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration should remain vigilant.
Figures of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas from 2013, the latest available data, showed that there were 597 Filipinos on a temporary stay in the DRC.