PRESIDENT Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has directed the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to ensure all Filipinos affected by the fighting in Israel are safe and accounted for, Malacañang said on Sunday.
“The government is closely coordinating with the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv and the Migrant Workers Office (MWO) in Israel to ensure the safety and welfare of Filipinos affected in the ongoing conflict,” the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) said in a statement.
Palestinian militants over the weekend launched land, sea, and air attacks in Gaza that have killed hundreds of Israelis.
There are about 24,800 Filipinos in Israel, many of them working as caregivers and hotel and service sector employees, OWWA said.
The DMW has opened several Viber and WhatsApp hotline numbers that will accept calls and queries from Filipino migrant workers and the Filipino community who need government assistance, the PCO said.