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Philippines Assures Support for Overseas Workers in Israel Amid Heightened Tensions

October 2023 Gaza/Israel conflict map
October 2023 Gaza/Israel conflict map, source: Reddit

Manila – As security alerts have been raised across Israel amid intensifying violence between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants, Philippines officials are stepping up efforts to ensure the safety and welfare of their overseas citizens caught in the turmoil.

In a teleconference with over 400 Filipino migrant workers, community leaders and recruitment agencies based in Israel, senior diplomats pledged government assistance to nationals affected by the escalating conflict.

“We urge our kababayans to take shelter and follow all directives from Israeli authorities. Your well-being is our top priority,” said Hans Leo Cacdac, Officer-in-Charge of the Department of Migrant Workers during the virtual meeting.

There are approximately 30,000 Filipinos residing in Israel, the majority serving as caregivers or in other essential jobs that leave them vulnerable if violence erupts near their homes or workplaces. With a “state of war” now declared, many are sheltering indoors as a precaution.

Philippine Ambassador Pedro Laylo also advised nationals to stay in close contact with their embassies and local Filipino community organizations for updated security advisories.

“We are here to help ensure your safety and access to services. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if needed,” he said.

The assurance comes as the latest round of fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas has intensified over the past two weeks, with both sides launching air strikes and rockets near civilian areas.

For labor-exporting nations like the Philippines, protecting citizens abroad during conflicts is paramount. Officials aim to prevent panic and lend support through well-coordinated emergency response efforts if the situation worsens further.