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DFA ORDERS MANDATORY EVACUATION OF PINOYS IN UKRAINE

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) raised crisis alert level in all Ukraine on Monday paving the way for the implementation of the mandatory evacuation for all Filipinos there.

According to the DFA, the mandatory evacuation will be at the government’s expense.

“Filipinos in Ukraine will be assisted by the Philippine Embassy in Poland and the Rapid Response Team, which are currently assisting Filipino nationals for repatriation and relocation,” the DFA said in a statement.

The DFA has four alert levels — Alert Level 1 or the precautionary phase; Alert Level 2 or restriction phase; Alert Level 3 or voluntary repatriation phase; and Alert Level 4 for mandatory evacuation or repatriation.

The DFA issues Alert Level 4 when there is a “large-scale internal conflict or full-blown external attack” in a country.

Monday’s DFA advisory stated that Filipinos remaining in Ukraine to contact the Philippine Embassy in Poland through phone, Viber or Whatsapp at +48 604 357 396.

The Assistance-to-Nationals (ATN) office may also be reached through phone, Viber, or Whatsapp at +48 694 491 663.

“The DFA continues to closely monitor the political and security developments in Ukraine,” the DFA added.

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