Alert Level 1 issued and withdrawn for OFWs in Guam. All-clear on Tuesday. It’s business as usual: Cayetano.



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The defiant regime in North Korea continues to cock a snook at the might of United States and defying it. Furthermore, it keeps conducting missile tests undaunted by threats from Uncle Sam.

These missiles are deliberately fired in locations that are bound to irritate the countries that are friendly with United States. In fact, many of the missiles are provocatively close to the shores of Japan, for example.

As per Wikipedia:
Guam is a U.S. island territory in Micronesia, in the Western Pacific. Tropical beaches, Chamorro villages and ancient latte-stone pillars distinguish it.

Guam’s WWII significance is on view at the War in the Pacific National Historical Park, whose sites include Asan Beach, a former battlefield. The island’s Spanish colonial heritage is evident in Fort Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, atop a bluff in Umatac.

Hence, in a week of heightened tensions between the United States and North Korea, the Philippines raised an alarm. The Philippines Consul General in Agana issued the Level 1 alarm on Monday. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) had approved the alert.

The authorities cautioned 42,835 Filipinos in the US territory to closely monitor news and official advisories. In fact, it took the form of a general alert all embassies abroad.

However, Foreign Secretary Cayetano stated that the alert was meant for Guam, Philippines Embassy in Seoul and conflict zones.

But, the DFA withdrew this alert on Tuesday when it was clear that there were to be no hostilities. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) issued the all-clear to Guam and the Northern Mariana islands. The Offshore Filipino Workers (OFWs) could pursue their daily routine since the situation was peaceful.

However, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) had contingency plans to meet any eventualities should they be necessary.

Cayetano emphasized that Disaster Management Plans are in place as Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in all embassies and consulates. Quick Response procedures are for providing immediate relief to Filipinos everywhere.

But, the government is alive to the needs of 10 million Filipinos who work abroad. About 2 million OFWs live in the Middle East while there are 65000 in South Korea.

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Umrao Singh
Written for: Lars-Magnus Carlsson.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017