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    Filipinos in Iraq urged to return home

    THE Philippine government urged on Sunday Filipino overseas workers in Iraq to voluntary repatriate themselves as the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) raised the crisis alert to Alert Level 3.
    Calling through the state-run dzRB Radio-Manila, Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. told Filipinos in Iraq that their fare tickets would be shouldered by the government.
    Jihadist militants in Iraq recently seized a large portion of northern Iraq.
    There are an estimated 500 Filipinos working in Iraq, mostly in the American military bases in Baghdad, the capital.
    “The DFA will also send rapid response team to help the voluntary repatriation of Filipinos in Iraq,” Coloma in an interview told dzRB Radio.
    Coloma said that only Kurdistan, Iraq remains in the DFA Alert Level 1 or under precautionary phase.
    The Communication Secretary also reiterated the government’s call for Filipinos working in Libya to undergo voluntary repatriation. Early this month, the DFA put Libya in Alert Level 3 due to the unrest brought by an ongoing civil war.
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