By Roy Mabasa
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has given instructions to all Philippine embassies and consulates all over the world, particularly those in or near conflict areas, to review their contingency plans and make sure these are up-to-date to ensure that these could lead Filipinos out of harm’s way.
Cayetano issued the order after the Philippine consulate general in Hagåtña raised Alert Level 1 in Guam Monday following threats from North Korea to launch a nuclear missile strike against the American trust territory.
“Our people all over the world are counting on us to lead them to safety in case worse comes to worst,” Cayetano said. “It is thus important to make sure that all our contingency plans are regularly reviewed and updated.”
The foreign affairs chief noted that in addition to the Korean Peninsula, there are tensions in other parts of the world, including in the Middle East that could affect Filipino nationals.
“We should make sure that we are always ready to respond quickly and effectively,” Cayetano said.
There are an estimated 10-million Filipinos around the world, including 2 million in the Middle East as well as 65,000 in South Korea and 42,835 in Guam.