Filipinos to remain alert, avoid crowds in Saudi Arabia - Embassy

Flag of Saudi ArabiaImage via WikipediaA March 10, 2011 press release by the Department of Foreign Affairs

The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh advised Filipinos in Saudi Arabia to remain alert of their surroundings, avoid crowds, and unnecessary movement especially during the weekend and up to the end of the month.

Charge d’Affaires, a.i. Ezzedin H. Tago said that the Embassy has met the Filipino community organizations in Saudi’s eastern region, to discuss the situation and to ensure measures are in place.

The Embassy has also updated its list of community leaders as well as designated company coordinators and area coordinators for Dammam, Al Khobar, Jubail, Ras Tanura, Al Hassa, Hafr Al Batin, and Khafgi.

The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah headed by Consul Leo Tito Ausan has undertaken similar measures for the western part of the country.

To be on the side of caution, community activities and large community gatherings are postponed for this month.

The Embassy also advised Filipinos to remain calm and to go about their normal business, but at the same time to confine their movements to their workplaces and residences.

The Embassy hotline numbers for Riyadh are +966-536-881-787 and (01) 482-3559. The hotline number for the eastern region is +966-501-269-742.