The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday, July 27, retained the Alert Level 4 status in Myanmar, which means Filipinos there must be evacuated.

In an advisory, DFA said an Alert Level 4 status, which has been imposed since May 6, 2021, should remain in place until further notice “to protect the lives of our fellow Filipinos abroad.”

“The DFA is continuously assessing the situation and the corresponding alert level, as well as responding to the particular needs of the remaining Filipino community,” it added.

The highest alert status was implemented in light of continued escalation of violence and armed conflict in Myanmar following the military junta’s takeover of the government.

Since February 2021, the government has already repatriated a total of 701 Filipinos from Myanmar, which is about 60 percent of the total number of overseas Filipinos there, the DFA said.

Source: Manila Bulletin (