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Philippines raises alert level over Haiti instability

Manila, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced on Tuesday that Haiti was placed on level three crisis alert due to the current insecurity situation in that country.

Filipinos living in Haiti are advised to stay vigilant, avoid public places and restrict non-essential movements, the DFA said in a statement.

Depending on the alert level, the Foreign Ministry urged Filipinos to leave the Caribbean nation voluntarily, while sending new nationals to Haiti is effectively prohibited.

Currently, there are at least 169 Filipinos registered in Haiti, most of whom reside in Port-Au-Prince, the country’s capital. The situation remains unstable in Haiti following the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, according to the United Nations.

The UN explained that the airport, schools and health centers remain closed in Port-au-Prince’s metropolitan area, which is also plagued by rampant gang violence.

The International Organization for Migration reported that there are some 362,000 displaced persons in Haiti, including 15,000 newly homeless in Port-Au-Prince.