Bacolod Councilor Caesar Distrito yesterday said he is seeking information from the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration on the condition of Bacoleños in Egypt.
In a proposed Sangunian resolution, Distrito is also requesting both agencies to set up a hotline where Bacolod families can speak to their relatives in Egypt, and to prepare a contingency plan for an immediate evacuation if the need arises.
Egypt right now is in the middle of great trouble that is causing instability to its government and is creating lawlessness and conflict among its people, Distrito noted.
Riots, demonstrations, vandalism, lootings and other violence are happening in Egypt that can affect the condition of Filipinos who are working there, he said.
It was reported that there are 6,569 Filipinos in Egypt, 3,083 of whom are household workers, while others are scholars and skilled workers or executives, but there is no exact number on how many Bacoleños are working there, Distrito said.*CGS