16/08/2011: Statement of Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario on the Situation in Syria
16 August 2011
"In view of the escalating violence in Syria, the Department of Foreign Affairs will be raising Alert Level 3 for the entire country of Syria, effective today"
Under Alert Level 3 (voluntary repatriation), all Filipinos working and residing in Syria are enjoined to leave Syria and the Philippine Government will provide for the repatriation cost.
"I have directed our Philippine Embassy in Damascus to intensify its efforts to reach out to Filipinos and convince them that now is the time to consider leaving Syria."
ALBERT F. DEL ROSARIO
Secretary of Foreign Affairs