|Tulong para sa “Ondoy” victims
Posted: 02 Oct 2009 02:40 AM PDT
|RP Embassy in Tokyo receives ¥5 M Donation from AEON Co. Ltd. for Typhoon Ondoy disaster relief efforts
Posted: 02 Oct 2009 12:28 AM PDT
PR-788-09, 02 October 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Tokyo reported to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo that it received a ¥5 million (approximately P2.5 million) voluntary cash donation on 02 October from officials of AEON Co. Ltd as humanitarian assistance for those affected by Typhoon Ondoy (international name: Ketsana) in the Philippines.
Along with some Embassy officials, Chargé d’Affaires Gina Jamoralin met with AEON Co. Ltd. Chairman and AEON 1% Club Chairman Akihiko Harada, Chairman of Ministop Co. Ltd. Hiroshi Yokoo, President of Ministop Co. Ltd Nobuyuki Abe, and other officials. Chairman Harada shared his condolences and solidarity with the Philippines in the wake of the damages brought by Typhoon Ondoy.
Chargé d’Affaires Jamoralin thanked Chairman Harada and the AEON Co.. Ltd. Group for their generous contribution and expressed her appreciation for AEON Co. Ltd. as one of the first private Japanese corporations to have contributed to Typhoon Ondoy disaster relief efforts. Minister Jamoralin also recognized Japan’s immediate and timely response from its public and private sectors after the typhoon hit the Philippines.
AEON Co. Ltd is one of the largest Japanese corporations involved in general merchandise operations, retail operations, retail property development, finance, convenience store operations, travel, and environmental preservation among other sectors. MINISTOP Co. Ltd, a member company of AEON Co. Ltd, has more than 240 convenience stores in the Philippines which it operates with its Philippine partner, JG Summit Holdings Inc. END
|Outpouring of Sympathy for the Philippine in the United Nations
Posted: 01 Oct 2009 11:06 PM PDT
PR-787-09, 2 October 2009 – There is an outpouring of sympathy for the Philippines in the United Nations over the death and devastation unleashed by tropical storm Ondoy over the weekend.
The Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that diplomats in the UN have been offering words of sympathy and solidarity to the Philippines in their statements before the 64th Session of the General Assembly and in their encounters with their Filipino counterparts.
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was among the first to offer condolences when he met with Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert G. Romulo on September 28, according to Ambassador Hilario G. Davide, Jr., Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
In that meeting, the Secretary General offered to rally international humanitarian assistance to allow the Philippines to sustain its relief efforts for the more than half a million people in Metro Manila and surrounding areas who were displaced by massive floods that also left at least 246 people dead and dozens more still missing.
Ambassador Davide said UN General Assembly President Ali Abdussalam Treki also personally expressed words of sympathy when they chanced upon each other at the UN Headquarters on September 29.
Ambassador Davide said many diplomats expressed disbelief at the devastation caused by Ondoy, which submerged most of Metro Manila after dumping a month’s worth of rain in just a span of 12 hours.
The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), of which the Philippines is a member, also expressed its sympathy and solidarity to the Philippine Government and to those affected by the tropical storm.
In a statement, Egypt, chair of the NAM Coordinating Bureau, also called on humanitarian and relief and assistance organizations and the international donor community “to promptly provide all the necessary support to the Philippines in their efforts to overcome the effects of the disaster and in delivering emergency humanitarian assistance.”
In its meeting at the United Nations yesterday, Sudan, speaking on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, also expressed its concern over the humanitarian situation in Manila.
Among UN Member States that expressed their sympathy to the Philippines are Austria, Canada, Cape Verde, Cuba, Estonia, Guinea Bissau, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Poland, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Senegal, South Korea, Spain and Timor Leste. END
|Remittance companies in Brunei Waive fees On Cash Donations for Ondoy (Ketsana) victims
Posted: 01 Oct 2009 11:03 PM PDT
PR-786-09, 02 October 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Brunei reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that remittance companies in Brunei have offered to waive the remittance fees for cash donations for the victims of tropical storm “Ondoy” in the Philippines.
The Embassy welcomed this initiative by remittance companies as an expression of their support for the Philippines’ effort to assist those affected by the calamity.
Donors are requested to contact directly the following:
1. Afima Express
2. Forex Cargo Sdn Bhd
3. Darul Trustee Remittance
4. Estetika Remittance Services
5. IPHO Sejati Remittance Co.
6. LBC Mabuhay Brunei Sdn. Bhd.
7. LBC Kuala Belait Office
To facilitate acknowledgment of cash donations, the Embassy requested donors to send the validated transaction or remittance form, their complete name, address, and contact numbers to the Philippine Embassy via fax at +673 223 7707 or email address email@example.com (cc: firstname.lastname@example.org). END
|RP Embassy in London closely monitoring investigation on death of Filipina
Posted: 01 Oct 2009 10:54 PM PDT
PR-785-09, 02 October 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in London reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that a Filipina national, Leah G. Cuestin, 37 years old, was found dead in a farmland in Rochester, Kent. Kent is about 2 hours driving distance from London.
The victim was reported missing on 15 September 2009 and was the subject of an intensive search by the United Kingdom Metropolitan Police Missing Persons Bureau after she failed to report for work on 13 September 2009.
Ms. Cuestin was in UK for over a year before her disappearance in mid-September 2009. Aside from pursuing studies at Thames International College, she also worked part-time in a care home in London.
UK Police arrested a male individual in his 30s in London on 29 September in connection with the case.
As of this time, an intensive post-mortem investigation on the case is being conducted by the UK Police Homicide and Serious Crime Command in Hendon, London.
The Philippine Embassy is closely monitor in the investigation and is appealing to anyone who knew the victim to provide any relevant information to UK authorities or the Embassy. END
|No Filipinos killed in Earthquake that hit West Sumatra
Posted: 01 Oct 2009 10:49 PM PDT
PR-784-09, 02 October 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Jakarta reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that the 7.7-magnitude quake that struck Indonesia last 30 September occurred in a remote area where there are no reported Filipinos.
Right after the quake, the Philippine Embassy immediately communicated with Filipino community leaders in Medan (around 300-400 kilometers from Padang) and was so informed by the community leaders.
“There was no Filipino who had been hurt or killed in the earthquake and we are very thankful to God,” Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia Vidal Querol said.
The Embassy is monitoring developments on the calamity that hit Padang, West Sumatra at 5:16 p.m. on said date.
The quake that lasted for almost four minutes was along the same fault line that caused the massive Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. It was determined that the epicenter was 71 kilometers under the sea of Pariaman, 70 kilometers from Padang.
The tremors were felt in Medan, Pekanbaru, Jambi, Bengkulu and other areas across Sumatra Island causing widespread panic. A tsunami warning for countries around the Indian Ocean was issued after the earthquake struck but was lifted an hour and a half later.
According to the Indonesian Social Department, as many as 464 people were killed and around 500 others were wounded. The death toll is expected to rise with thousands of people were still trapped in the rubble of the collapsed buildings.
The earthquake sparked fires and caused power outages across the city. The roof of Padan’s Minagkabau airport reportedly collapsed forcing temporary closure and roads and bridges were destroyed. The situation has been aggravated by heavy rainfall, lack of emergency services, flooding caused by ruptured water pipes, collapse of bridges.
The Indonesian Health Ministry has dispatched medical teams carrying medicine and food supplies for the victims. Several medical teams will follow including 40 doctors and specialists. END
|Filipina killed in American Samoa Quake
Posted: 01 Oct 2009 10:42 PM PDT
PR-783-09, 2 October 2009 – Mrs. Godofreda Reambonza-Palma, a 62-year old Filipina immigrant in Pago-Pago, American Samoa, died from the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck the US territory of American Samoa and its outlying islands on 30 September. This was reported to the DFA by a niece of the victim.
A 10-foot tsunami thereafter hit the islands, causing fatalities among the populace.
The DFA is coordinating with the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu headed by Consul General Leoncio R. Cardenas for the immediate repatriation of the remains of the victim.
American Samoa, about 2,600 miles of 5½ hours by plane away from the Hawaiian Islands, is home to about 2,500 – 3,000 Filipinos. END
|International Community extends over P566 Million in Aid for “Ondoy” Victims
Posted: 01 Oct 2009 10:30 PM PDT
PR-782-09, 2 October 2009 – Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo reported to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo that the international community has heeded the call of the Arroyo Administration for assistance to alleviate the plight of the victims of typhoon “Ondoy.”
As of 2 October, total relief and rehabilitation assistance in actual donations and commitments from the country’s international partners, has reached more than P566 million.
The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) and other agencies have been authorized to receive the donations.
“The Philippine Government is deeply appreciative of our international partners’ swift response to our call for aid. The DFA will work with the NDCC, DSWD, PNRC and other agencies to ensure that these donations reach our distressed kababayans as soon as possible,” Secretary Romulo said.
The European Union, through a letter sent by its President Jose Manuel Barroso to President Arroyo, expressed sympathy to and solidarity with the government and the victims of the recent calamity that hit the country. The EC has dispatched a needs assessment team to identify the humanitarian needs of those affected by the tropical storm and has earmarked Є2 million (P138 million) in urgent relief funding for this purpose.
The French Foreign Ministry has given an initial Є10,000 (P690,000) to the Philippine National Red Cross as its initial contribution.
Germany is providing Є500,000 (roughly P35 million) in emergency humanitarian aid for the victims, the funds of which will be placed at the disposal of German humanitarian aid organizations.
The Embassy of Spain in the Philippines, through its Technical Cooperation Office, has been authorized to immediately advance Є150,000 (approximately P10 million) for food aid. Other urgent assistance amounting to Є250,000 (approximately P17 million) is also being sent through the Red Cross and the NGO Accion Contra el Hambre. Spain’s total contribution amounting to Є1 million (P69 million) will help alleviate the situation of the victims of typhoon “Ondoy.”
The Swiss government also made available the amount of CHF250,000 (approximately P11 million) to support emergency related operation which will be funded by the Swiss Red Cross to the Philippine National Red Cross.
The combined European aid total P254 million.
Countries in other region and international organizations, notably UN agencies, have similarly lent assistance.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon assured Secretary Romulo in New York assistance from the UN and the international community. The UN World Food Program, UN Children’s Fund, World Health Organization and the UN Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance are already in action in affected areas.
Earlier, the US government donated US$100,000 for relief efforts. China pitched in US$100,000 check donation; US$10,000 to the PNRC; while Chinese firm Huawei donated US$30,000. Singapore raised US$30,000 and a further US$20,000 in seed money to jumpstart a donations drive by the Singapore Red Cross.
The Japanese government is sending $220,000 worth of relief goods to the Philippines. Australia committed Australian$1 million (approximately US$879,000) to support response and recovery activities. The UN World Health Organization has launched earlier a $42,000 relief fund.
The Republic of Korea has donated emergency relief assistance in the form of rice, tents, medical supplies and other essential items worth $300,000 coursed through the Department of Social Welfare and Development. A Korean company, OCI Company Ltd., also donated $50,000 through the Philippine National Red Cross.
The Canadian government has pledged Canadian$5 million (approximately US$4.7 million). The officers and staff of the Embassy of Canada in Manila raised funds among themselves and friends and donated $50,000 for the victims of the tropical storm. END
|DFA naglabas ng mga Panuntunan sa Pagkuha ng Bagong Pasaporte ng mga Biktima ng Bagyong “Ondoy”
Posted: 01 Oct 2009 08:44 PM PDT
PR-781-09, 2 October 2009 – Inilahad ng Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) ang mga panuntunan sa pag-renew ng nawala o nasirang pasaporte dulot ng bagyong Ondoy.
Upang tulungan ang mga bikitima na i-dokumento ang mga nawala o nasirang pasaporte, ang DFA ay naghanda ng Affidavit of Loss or Damage na makukuha ng libre sa Information Counter ng Office of Consular Affairs’ (OCA).
Para sa mga nawalan ng pasaporte, ang mga sumusunod ay kailangang dalhin sa opisina ng DFA upang makapag-apply:
1. Birth Certificate galling sa NSO (National Statistics Office)
Para sa mga pasaporteng naapektuhan ng pagbaha o ng ulan, ang mga sumusunod ay kailangang dalhin sa opisina ng DFA upang makapag-apply:
1. Pagpapakita ng orihinal na pasaporte
Kinakailangang personal na magpunta sa DFA-OCA ang mga aplikanteng nasa gulang na walo hanggang anim na pu’t apat (8 to 64 years old) upang maproseso ang aplikasyon.
Ang release ng bagong pasaporte ay ayon pa rin sa itinakdang araw na nakalagay sa resibong ibibigay ng DFA. END
|DFA Facilitates Replacement of Passports Lost or Damaged by Typhoon “Ondoy”
Posted: 01 Oct 2009 08:41 PM PDT
PR-780-09, 2 October 2009 – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has issued guidelines for the renewal of lost or damaged passports by victims of Typhoon Ondoy.
To assist applicants document their lost or damaged passports due to typhoon Ondoy, the DFA has especially prepared an Affidavit of Loss or Damage which wil be available free of charge to the applicant at the Office of Consular Affairs’ (OCA) Information Counter.
For lost passports, the following are the requirements for their replacement:
1. Birth Certificate issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO)
For damaged passports, the following are the requirements for their replacement:
1. Presentation of original Philippine Passport
Applicants 8 to 64 years old are required to personally appear at the DFA’s OCA for their applications to be processed.
The DFA wil follow the normal schedule of release of passports which will be indicated in the official receipt. END