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RP Embassies in Beirut, Damascus Assisting Filipino Survivors of Ship Sinking Off Lebanese Coasts

21 December 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Beirut continues to closely monitor the situation of Filipino seafarers who were onboard Panamanian cargo ship Dany F II which sank off the coast of Tripoli, Lebanon in the evening of December 17 due to stormy weather conditions.

In a report to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Charge d’Affaires, a.i. Mohd. Noordin Pendosina Lomondot stated that the Embassy immediately dispatched Labor Attache Nathaniel Lacambra and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration welfare officers to Tripoli to extend assistance to the affected Filipino seafarers.

The Embassy is also in close coordination with the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants and the Lebanese Ministry of the Interior.

The Philippine Embassy in Damascus has also informed the DFA that the seafarer who was rescued in Tartus, Syria is already in their custody..

Philippine Embassy in Damascus Charge d’ Affairs, a.i, Marlowe A. Miranda has reported that the seafarer has undergone medical examination and is in good condition. They have also prepared the travel documents and are ready to process the exit visa for his repatriation.

Thirteen Filipino seafarers were rescued, with 12 safely housed in Tripoli and one in Tartus. They are Danilo Policarpio, Wilson Vicente , Lezer Gepulgani, Michel Olivia, Edgardo Pucan, Jonathan Rada, Rafael Tarroza, Erasmo Galanza, Leolen Babao, Rogelio Dequina, Joebert Benoman, Jowey Quinto and Jason Magsino.

There is one Filipino casualty reported, 3rd Engineer Alex Crisostomo.

Meanwhile, seven Filipino seafarers are missing. They are Manuel Calaor, Leonardo Tiongson, Fuller Edgar, Manuel Bordas Jr., Benedicto Cruz, Enrico Librada and Vilter Amit.

The next of kin of the fatality and the missing seafarers have been notified by their manning agency of the incidents.

The cargo ship Dany F II was on its way from the Uruguay capital of Montevideo to the Syrian port of Tartus carrying thousands of sheep and cattle when it was hit by Thursday night’s storm and altered course for Lebanon. END

source: DFA

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Department of Foreign Affairs-20Dec2009

13 Filipino Seafarers in Panamanian Cargo Ship Rescued

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 04:46 AM PST

20 December 2009—The Philippine Embassy in Beirut reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that 13 out of 21 Filipino seafarers survived the sinking of the Panamanian cargo ship Dany F II off the coast of Tripoli, Lebanon in the evening of 17 December 2009 due to stormy weather conditions.

The rescued Filipino seafarers are Danilo Policarpio, Wilson Vicente, Lezer Gepulgani, Michel Olivia, Edgardo Pucan, Jonathan Rada, Rafael Tarroza, Erasmo Galanza, Leolen Babao, Rogelio Dequina, Joebert Benoman, Jowey Quinto and Jason Magsino. The twelve are safely housed in Tripoli while one is in Tartus, Syria.

There are also seven Filipino seafarers reported missing and one Filipino casualty. Their names are currently being withheld until their next of kin have been informed.

Charge d’Affaires, a.i. Mohd. Noordin Pendosina Lomondot reported that the Philippine Embassy in Beirut is coordinating closely with the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants and the Lebanese Ministry of the Interior. Labor Attache Nathaniel Lacambra and OWWA welfare officers are in Tripoli to extend assistance to the affected Filipino seafarers. The Department of Foreign Affairs continues to closely monitor the situation.

The Dany F II was on its way from the Uruguay capital of Montevideo to the Syrian port of Tartus carrying thousands of sheep and cattle when it was hit by Thursday night’s storm and altered course for Lebanon. END

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Philippine Parol to Light Up Mansion House in Dublin

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 07:00 PM PST

20 December 2009 – A parol (traditional Filipino lantern) will light the Mansion House in Dublin this Christmas, according to the Philippine Embassy in Dublin.

Lord Mayor Cllr Emer Costello accepted the lantern on behalf of the people of Dublin from Philippine Ambassador to Dublin Ariel Y. Abadilla at the Mansion House last December. The lantern will then shine from the Lord Mayor’s Residence for Christmas.

“One of the things I’ve most enjoyed about being Lord Mayor is meeting people from every walk of life and from all parts of the city. People from all over the world now live in Dublin and the Filipino community are very prominent in social, cultural, business and community circles. It’s a pleasure to accept this beautiful lantern which says to the many Filipinos here that although they are far from their birth home this Christmas they have a home here in Dublin,” said Lord Mayor Costello.

“As a symbol of the Filipino people’s friendship and gratitude to the City of Dublin and the Irish people, the first resident Embassy of the Philippines in Ireland is delighted to mark the historic significance of its establishment in June of this year by presenting to the Lord Mayor, a ‘parol’ or traditional Philippine Christmas lantern. The lantern that we present to the Lord Mayor is the most recognizable Christmas ornament for Filipinos wherever in the world they may be. The “parol” is intricately designed and handmade with “capiz” or shells. The ‘parol’ reminds Filipinos of the star of Bethlehem that guided the Magi on their way in search of the Infant Jesus,” Ambassador Abadilla added.

World International Ministries Choir, a Filipino choral group, will perform Filipino carols at the event. END

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RP Embassy in Ottawa Hosts International Human Rights Roundtable Discussions

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 06:45 PM PST

20 December 2009 – In celebration of International Human Rights Day, the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa organized an International Human Rights Roundtable Forum last December 10.

The roundtable discussion was held at the Conference Board of Canada and attended by Asia-Pacific Heads of Missions, their Deputies, members of academe, and other guests.

“I am very thankful that we had this occasion to share our thoughts on Human Rights as we celebrate International Human Rights Day,” Philippine Ambassador to Ottawa Jose S. Brillantes said.

According to him, the Philippines is one of the strongest advocates of International Human Rights in international fora, and the event reflects how the country views the importance of upholding human dignity around the world.

“I am particularly thankful that we had occasion to tackle the cultural rights of immigrants and migrant workers, as the world’s labor markets open up to international labor,” Ambassador Brillantes added.

Ambassador Brillantes was recently re-elected to the UN Committee on the Protection of Migrant Workers and their Families at the United Nations in New York.

The forum’s main speaker was Dr. Ed Broadbent, who spoke on “The Growing Inequality and the Ignoring of the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.” Dr. Broadbent was the leader of the federal Nationalist Democratic Party (NDP), a former Member of Parliament of Canada, and a co-author of many Canadian and international documents on human rights and the social-democratic process.

Discussions focused on the Asia-Pacific region, as Ambassador Brillantes is the Dean of the Asia Pacific Heads of Missions while Minister and Consul General Joseph Gerard B. Angeles is the Dean of the Asia Pacific Deputies.

Many current human rights issues were discussed during the Forum, particularly cultural rights as they pertain to immigrants and migrant workers, and the countries which receive them. END

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Pasko Sa Apapa Held

Posted: 19 Dec 2009 06:35 PM PST

20 December 2009 – The consular team from the Philippine Embassy in Abuja attended the annual Filipino community Christmas party entitled “Pasko sa Apapa,” held in Parkland, Apapa, Lagos last December 12.

Chargé d’Affairs Alex V. Lamadrid delivered his Christmas message and expressed the Embassy’s appreciation for the Filipino community in Apapa’s support, as well as for the fund-raising initiatives of the community in Lagos for the benefit of typhoon victims.

He also encouraged all qualified voters to participate actively in the 2010 national elections from April 10 to May 10 next year.

About 450 Filipinos from Ikeja, Victoria Island, Ikoyi, Agbara and Apapa, Lagos gathered celebrate the event.

The Pasko celebration teatured different events, Christmas caroling, exchange gifts, and games for adult’s and children.

The team, which also included Consular Officer Alimoden S. Emam and Protocol Officer Efren E. Pasculado, also provided consular services to the Filipino community in Lagos that day.

Services offered including processing and renewals of passports, certifications, authentications, and visa applications of Nigerian dependents of Filipinos in Lagos. END

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