Thailand alert level lowered to ‘1’

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Monday, June 16, 2014

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday announced that the Crisis Alert Level in Thailand has been lowered to "1" as the situation in the Southeast Asian country continues to normalize.

In a statement, the DFA said Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario has lowered the alert level from "2" to "1".

"Given the continuing normalization of the political situation in Thailand, including the lifting of the curfew nationwide last June 13, the DFA lowered the crisis alert level from 2 to 1," said the DFA.

Under alert level 1, the DFA said Filipinos in Thailand are still being advised to take the necessary precautions in the host country.

Similarly, the department noted that the deployment ban on overseas Filipino workers is also expected to be lifted by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) under alert level 1.

Last May 20, the DFA raised the alert level from "1" to "2" after the declaration of martial law in Thailand.

Under Alert Level 2, Filipinos in Thailand are instructed to restrict non-essential movements, avoid public places, and prepare for evacuation if necessary.

In addition, under Alert Level 2, the POEA only allowed overseas Filipino workers with existing contracts to return to their host country and not the new hires.

The DFA has placed the number of Filipinos in Thailand at 16,303. (HDT/Sunnex)

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