The Negros Occidental Community Affairs Office is offering free calls for Negrenses with relatives working as Overseas Filipino Workers in strife-torn Egypt.
NOCAO head Benja Lucasan said yesterday that, so far, there are no reports about Negrense OFWs affected by the conflict in Egypt although their monitoring continues.
She said they will facilitate those Negrenses with relatives in Egypt in coordination with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Philippine Embassy in that country, so they could check the status of their loved ones.
Lucasan said those who have inquiries, or those who need help in locating their relatives in Egypt can call the Community Affairs Office at telephone numbers 434-0631 and 709-0150.
On Tuesday last week, DFA raised crisis alert level 4 in Egypt and called all Filipinos working there to immediately leave because of the deterioration of peace and order that country. It said the ongoing political instability and grave security challenges t make working and living there increasingly difficult and dangerous.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said in a statement that the Philippine government will impose mandatory repatriation for Filipinos in Egypt while the rapid response team of the agency already arrived in Cairo two weeks ago to assist in the implementation of the repatriation program.
In past months, there were violent dispersals against the supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi, the first democratically elected leader of the country.*APN