Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said there is no report yet of Negrenses stranded or who have left Ukraine that is under attack from Russia.
Lacson said he called the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in Region 6 for more information.
They are asking their main office for a list of all Overseas Filipino Workers from Western Visayas, including Negros Occidental, in Ukraine, he said.
Russian forces attacked oil and gas facilities in Ukraine on Sunday, and Ukrainian forces were holding off Russian troops advancing on the capital, Kyiv.
“The Philippine Embassy in cooperation with DFA-OUMWA (Department of Foreign Affairs – Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs) is committed to assisting the remaining Filipinos in Kyiv and in other parts of Ukraine in order to bring them out of harm’s way while there is still time,” Philippine Ambassador to Poland Leah Basinang-Ruiz said.
A team from the Philippine Embassy in Warsaw, which holds jurisdiction over Ukraine, set up a base in Lviv to facilitate the repatriation of Filipino nationals via a humanitarian corridor established between Philippine authorities and Poland, a Philippine News Agency report said.*