The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday advised Filipinos to defer their travel to South Sudan, where alert level 3 has been imposed since January 2012, because of the precarious peace there.
Crisis alert level 3 (voluntary repatriation) is being maintained in South Sudan because of the “volatile political and security situation there.”
Under this alert level, the Department of Labor and Employment automatically imposes absolute deployment ban, the DFA said.
There are 150 Filipinos in South Sudan, mostly in construction companies, with the United
Nations and in non-government organizations.
Since it gained its independence from Sudan three years ago during this same week, South Sudan suffered from violent clashes between two tribal camps.
South Sudan is a relatively young government that earned its independence from Sudan in June 2011.
Violence has been escalating in South Sudan within a year after gaining independence and as former Vice President Riek Machar and his loyalists allegedly attempted a coup.
South Sudanese President Salvia Kirr is now trying to renegotiate with the rebel group.
Tens of thousands of people have been affected by the fighting, with some taking shelter in United Nations bases.
The European Union recently imposed economic and travel ban on South Sudan.
After South Sudan declared independence in 2011, the Philippines immediately recognized it as a sovereign state, with the two countries establishing formal diplomatic relations upon the signing of a joint communique that aims to strengthen economic relations and cooperation on global issues.