MANILA (Mabuhay) – Overseas Filipino workers seeking work in strife-torn Yemen were warned this week against false information claiming the Philippine government’s ban on the deployment of workers there had been lifted.
In an advisory, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, whose consular jurisdiction includes Yemen, also urged Filipinos there to continue registration.
“This advisory is being disseminated to guide all Filipinos in Yemen, in view of the recent reports or false information circulated by certain groups or individuals on social media that the deployment ban has been lifted,” it said.
The embassy apealed to netizens to report such false information to the Embassy’s Crisis Management Team in Sana’a.
They can do so via email email@example.com or by calling the hotlines (+967) 735-275-791 and (+967) 777-255-511 (Honorary Consul Al-Jamal)
The Embassy in Riyadh reminded Filipinos in Yemen that Alert Level 3 remains in effect “until further notice.”
Under Alert Level 3, which was raised last December 9, the Philippine government is encouraging Filipinos in Yemen to avail of voluntary repatriation.
The voluntary repatriation means the Philippine government will shoulder the cost of repatriation but not immigration and other fines and penalties.
Any travel to Yemen by Filipinos is not allowed.
In December 2013, seven Filipino medical workers, including a doctor, were killed in an attack in Yemen’s Defense Ministry. The Filipinos were working in a hospital inside the ministry’s complex.
A total of 52 people were killed in that attack.
According to the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, close to 2,200 Filipinos were working in Yemen as of December 2012. (MNS)