Alert level 2 is issued when there are real threats to the life, security, and property of Filipinos arising from internal disturbance or external threat. Filipinos in the area are advised to limit non-essential movements, to avoid public places, and to prepare for possible evacuation.
After suffering a stroke which left her paralyzed and with hospitals bills of almost P2.4 million ($58,000), overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Novelita Perez was finally reunited with her family on March 2, thanks to the efforts of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Filipino community in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Thirty-seven Filipinos from Syria will arrive in Manila on Friday, March 7 at 4:00 p.m., on board Emirates Airlines flight EK 332. Upon their arrival, the number of Filipinos repatriated from war-torn Syria will reach 5,249. Of that number, 2,222 were repatriated via Lebanon, with the assistance of the Philippine Embasy in Beirut.
Filipinos in Ukraine are advised to restrict non-essential movements, avoid public places, closely monitor developments, and prepare for possible evacuation.
The Philippines expresses its deep concerns regarding developments in Ukraine and calls on all parties to exercise restraint, not to escalate through the use of force, and follow obligations under international law.
The BSU team was in Chicago from February 13 to 21 to conduct research at the Field Museum on the personal effects, instruments, clothing, implements and weapons from the Bukidnon of Mindanao, which are part of the artifacts collected by Fay-Cooper Cole during the early part of the 20th Century, during his journey to the Philippines. The team also conducted research on the audio recordings of songs of the Bukidnon, also collected by Fay-Cooper Cole, which are in the archives of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
The Philippines and Switzerland successfully concluded their 6th Bilateral Consultations on February 27 at the Tower Club in Makati City, vowing to intensify bilateral economic and political cooperation and partnership. The meeting was cochaired by Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Undersecretary for Policy Evan P. Garcia and Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Assistant State Secretary for Asia-Pacific, Ambassador Beat Nobs. DFA Assistant Secretary for European Affairs Maria Zeneida Angara Collinson and Switzerland’s Ambassador to the Philippines Ivo Sieber also participated in the Bilateral Consultations.
Philippine Ambassador to Portugal Philippe Lhuillier made a visit to the Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal’s oldest university on February 12 as part of the cultural diplomacy campaign of the Embassy to visit Portugal’s various educational and research institutions for the purpose of establishing contacts and exploring possible cooperation between academic institutions of both countries.
Setting the tone for a Security Council debate on the maintenance of international peace and security, the Philippines and the United Nations Secretary-General called on nations to adhere to the rule of law in order to prevent conflict and resolve disputes, particularly at the international level.
Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert F. del Rosario met with Indonesian Foreign Minister Dr. Marty M. Natalegawa in Jakarta on February 24 for the 6th Meeting of the Philippines-Indonesia Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC).