The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) released an advisory announcing the evacuation and repatriation of Filipinos left in Kabul, Afghanistan, even as international news outlets have also reported that the Taliban have taken over the capital.
Thirty-two Filipinos have already left Kabul as of last night, and are in Doha in transit to the Philippines. Another 19 are “set to leave immediately,” said the DFA.
“The Department and its Foreign Service Posts in the region and beyond are exploring all avenues of cooperation and are closely coordinating with governments and international partners to guarantee their immediate and safe passage,” reads the advisory.
There are a total of 130 Filipinos in Afghanistan, according to DFA figures.
Alert Level 4 has been raised over the country, calling for the mandatory repatriation and immediate repatriation of all Philippine nationals.
The DFA urges all Filipinos to leave Afghanistan and contact the Philippine Embassy in Pakistan for assistance through the following channels:
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