Despite the demand of non-government labor organization Migrante-Middle East for the immediate evacuation of Filipino workers in Egypt due to escalating political turmoil, the Aquino government said the Filipinos are safe amidst reports of increased violent clashes between the protesters and police authorities in the cities of Cairo, Alexandria and Suez.
The government however has allocated a P25-million emergency fund through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) should the situation becomes intolerable as nationwide anti-government riots demanding the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak reached its fifth day.
The government estimates the number of Filipinos in Egypt at 7,000, but Migrante-Middle East said there are 20,000, most of whom are domestic workers and caregivers. The Labor Department for its part said all legally deployed or undocumented Filipinos would be repatriated should the need arises.
The DFA has likewise activated a crisis management team in its head office in Manila to monitor the situation in Egypt, and is also sending additional personnel to assist the Philippine embassy in Cairo in the implementation of contingency measures.