MANILA (Mabuhay) – Philippine officials met with several Filipinos in Ukraine over the weekend to discuss security preparations in case the political situation there worsens.
A news release from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said the officials, led by Philippine Ambassador to Russia Alejandro B. Mosquera, met with more than 40 Ukraine-based Filipinos at Hotel Rus in downtown Kiev on March 16.
“The team discussed with the Filipino community the need for preparedness and the importance of communication with the Embassy in view of the recent developments in the country,” the DFA said.
Violence in Ukraine escalated late last month with government claiming at least 77 had been killed. The crisis began in November 2013 with protests over President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to scuttle a European Union-oriented trade deal and turn toward Russia.
The DFA has already raised crisis alert level 2 (restriction phase) for Ukraine in view of ongoing tensions there.
Under Alert Level 2, Filipinos are advised to “restrict non-essential movements, avoid public places, closely monitor developments, and prepare for possible evacuation.”
Joining Mosquera in the meeting were DFA Special Assistant Belinda M. Ante and Labor Attaché David Des Dicang, as well as Third Secretary Jeffrey Angelo Valdez of the Philippine Embassy in Moscow.
The DFA said the Filipinos in attendance expressed their appreciation for the team’s visit, and assured the Ambassador of their full cooperation in mobilizing the community.
There are an estimated 198 Filipinos in Ukraine. (MNS)