Close  

DFA to send team to Kurdistan as fighting escalates

/ 07:07 PM November 15, 2016
Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay speaks with the media outside a restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. Yasay is in Vietnam accompanying Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's two-day visit to the country. (Kham/Pool Photo via AP)

Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay speaks with the media outside a restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016.  (Kham/Pool Photo via AP)

The Philippine government will be sending a team to Kurdistan to assess if overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) should be evacuated amid ongoing conflict in the nearby city of Mosul in Iraq.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said Secretary Perfecto Yasay has already ordered that a rapid response team (RRT) be sent to Erbil, Kurdistan to assist the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad in monitoring and preparing for contingency plans.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Although the prevailing situation does not require a change in the current alert level, Secretary Yasay said appropriate steps would have to be taken to ensure that the Philippine government is ready to lead overseas Filipinos workers in Kurdistan out of harm’s way,” the statement said.

The assessment of the team will be the basis of advisories and alerts for Filipinos living and working in Erbil and nearby areas.

There is no established Philippine diplomatic or consular presence in the Kurdistan Region or Iraqi Kurdistan, which is an autonomous region north of Iraq. Because of this, the Philippine Embassies in Baghdad, Ankara, and Tehran have been tapped to form crisis teams in case OFWs will have to cross their borders.

Recent reports said Iraqi forces were able to seize parts of Mosul, which is a few kilometers away from Erbil, from the Islamic State.

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Ankara, Baghdad, Department of Foreign Affairs, DFA, Erbil, Iraq, Kurdistan, Mosul, ofws, Overseas Filipino workers, rapid response team, RRT, Tehran, War
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.