In view of the deteriorating security situation in Iraq, the Department of Foreign Affairs has raised the crisis alert level for all areas in Iraq to Alert Level 3 (Voluntary Repatriation) except for the Iraqi Kurdistan region which remains under Alert Level 1 (Precautionary Phase). Kurdistan remains relatively calm and stable.
Filipinos in Iraq are enjoined to volunteer to return to the Philippines at government expense.
The DFA is sending a rapid response team to Iraq to assist in the voluntary repatriation of Filipinos currently in Iraq.
The DFA continues to closely monitor the political and security developments in Iraq.
Media release courtesy of the Department of Foreign Affairs, 14 June 2014.