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14/09/2017: PH GOVT ASSISTANCE REACHES US VIRGIN ISLANDS, PH EMBASSY PREPARES FOR ANGUILLA DEPLOYMENT

PRESS RELEASE
WDC-055-2017
14 September 2017

Philippine Government Response Team endorses emergency supplies to Filipino community leaders on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands (USVI) who will arrange for their delivery to Filipinos on St. Thomas, USVI.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Philippine Government Response Team, composed of personnel from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Philippine Overseas Labor and Welfare Office (POLO-OWWA) in Washington, D.C., today landed on St. Croix, the largest of the US Virgin Islands (USVI), with the emergency supplies for distribution to the Filipinos stranded on St. Thomas, USVI’s busiest and central island.

Minister Patrick Chuasoto, Charge d’Affaires of the Philippine Embassy, reported to Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano that the team was barred from traveling to St. Thomas by the authorities due to the peace and order situation there. The team endorsed the supplies to the Filipino community leaders on St. Croix who will arrange their delivery to the Filipino coordinator on St. Thomas.

It was also reported to Secretary Cayetano that a two-member response team will be deployed to Anguilla tomorrow, 15 September, to render assistance to the estimated 72 kababayans there. The team will bring emergency supplies and facilitate the repatriation of nine (9) Filipino nationals who requested to be evacuated from British-administered Anguilla.

Meanwhile, two (2) Embassy personnel was dispatched to augment the response team on the British Virgin Islands (BVI), where 103 individuals are preparing to be repatriated.

DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola is in Washington, D.C. to oversee the Philippine Government’s post-Irma response, which currently covers the BVI, USVI, Anguilla, and Saint Martin/Sint Maarten.

Those who want to share or find information about the condition of their family members and friends in the abovementioned places may reach the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. through the following contact information:

  • Emergency hotline:  +1 (202) 368 2767
  • Email addresses: consular@phembassy-us.orgatn@phembassy-us.org
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/philippinesusa
  • Twitter: @philippinesusa

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PHOTO RELEASE
WDC-80-2017
14 September 2017


HELP IS ON THE WAY (Clockwise from upper left) Emergency supplies from Puerto Rico are loaded for conveyance to St. Croix, USVI; Response Team arrives on St. Croix; Bottled water and other relief goods are added to the supplies; Response Team coordinates the delivery of the emergency supplies from St. Croix to St. Thomas.

PHOTO RELEASE
WDC-81-2017
14 September 2017

DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola meets with the Crisis Management Team at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. to discuss the Philippine Government’s post-Irma response in the Caribbean.