Alert Level 2, itinaas ng DFA para sa mga Pilipino sa Thailand

admin   •   May 21, 2014   •   2310

“Our embassy has a contingency plan in place and we have team from DFA
lead by senior officers ready to go to Thailand in soonest possible time to validate this contingency plan.” — DFA Spokesperson Charles Jose (UNTV News / Google Map)

MANILA, Philippines — Itinaaas na ng Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) sa crisis alert level 2 ang sitwasyon para sa mga Pilipinong nasa Thailand kasunod ng pagpapatupad ng Martial Law ng Thai military dahil sa mga nagaganap na kaguluhan doon.

“President Aquino has directed Sec. Albert Del Rosario to ensure the safety of Filipino in Thailand following the declaration of Martial Law by the Thai army,” pahayag ni PCOO Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr.

Ayon sa DFA, sa ilalim ng crisis alert level 2, pinapayuhan ang mga overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) na mag-doble ingat at iwasan na magtungo sa matataong lugar lalo na sentro ng kilos-protesta.

Pinaghahanda rin ang mga Pilipino doon sakaling kailanganing lumikas.

Sinabi rin ni Coloma na tanging ang mga OFW lamang na may existing contracts ang papayagang makabalik sa Thailand batay sa Balik-Mangagawa Program ng Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

“The Philippine Embassy in Bangkok advices Filipino residing in or travelling Thailand to avoid the rally sites and large gathering and refrain taking part to the protest and other political activities,” saad ni DFA Spokesman Charles Jose.

Ayon sa DFA, wala pa namang travel ban para sa mga Pilipinong nagta-trabaho sa Thailand.

Tinatayang sampu hanggang 15-ibong Pilipino ang naninirahan ngayon sa Thailand.

“Our embassy has a contingency plan in place and we have team from DFA lead by senior officers ready to go to Thailand in soonest possible time to validate this contingency plan,” dagdag pa ni Jose.

Noong Enero 2014, inilagay ng DFA sa alert level 1 ang sitwasyon sa Thailand bunsod ng mga anti-government protest doon.

Una rito, nilinaw ng Thailand military na walang nangyayaring kudeta sa Thai government. (Pong Mercado / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

295 Filipinos repatriated from Cayman Islands, London arrive in PH – DFA

Robie de Guzman   •   May 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 295 Filipino workers and their families repatriated from the Cayman Islands and London have arrived in the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

In a statement issued Monday, the DFA said this batch of repatriates is composed of 287 Filipinos from Grand Cayman and eight stranded in London.

They landed on Monday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) onboard an “airbridge” flight organized by the local government of the Cayman Islands.

The DFA said the Cayman Islands, which is a British overseas territory in the Caribbean, mounted the “airbridge” flight to provide an opportunity for foreign contract workers to return to their home countries amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The department added that it was made possible with the cooperation of the Office of the Governor of the Cayman Islands Government and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), through the Philippine Embassy and Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Washington D.C.

“The Manila airbridge flight is but a demonstration of the close Philippine-UK bilateral ties,” Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Sarah Lou Y. Arriola said.

Arriola assured that the Philippine Government will continue to work closely with other governments and organizations to mount similar repatriation flights to bring home Filipinos who are in distress as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic.

Upon arrival at NAIA, the  DFA said the repatriates underwent thorough documentation and briefing on current safety protocols prescribed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases as well as RT-PCR COVID-19 testing.

“They will be temporarily housed at Bureau of Quarantine-approved facilities for their mandatory quarantine while they await the result of their RT-PCR test,” it said.

No more touching: Thai mall installs foot pedals in elevators

UNTV News   •   May 21, 2020

No more touching in the elevators as a Thai shopping mall in Bangkok installed foot pedals for customers to step on instead of pressing the buttons, lowering the risk of having to be exposed to germs.

“Now everyone is worried about getting infected with the COVID-19 and the easiest way to get infected is that when you touch an object that has been contaminated with the COVID-19 virus, and then eventually touch your face and the virus will go into your mouth, your eyes or whatever. So, we came up with this idea of hand-free foot-operated elevator,” said Prote Sosothikul, the vice president of Seacon Development PLC which oversees the mall.

The foot-operated elevator pedal system is also welcomed by mall customers, saying they felt safer to use the lift without actually touching the buttons, reducing the risk of getting infected.

“I think they did a good job in preparing this. I feel much safer… Now that we can use our foot to press the elevator, it’s really great,” said 26-year-old Watcharaporn.

Thailand on Sunday (May 17) reopened malls and department stores for the first time since March in its second phase of relaxing measures as the number of new cases slowed.

Thailand has reported a total of 3,034 cases of the coronavirus and 56 deaths. (Reuters)

(Production: Artorn Pookasook, Juarawee Kittisilpa)

Over 230 Filipino sailors from Germany arrive in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   May 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Over 200 Filipino sailors repatriated from Germany have arrived in the country, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the DFA said a total of 239 Filipino seafarers have been repatriated on May 11, with the help of the Philippine Consulate in Frankfurt.

The latest batch of repatriates was composed of 188 crew of AIDAblu, and 51 of AIDAmar who signed off while their ships were docked at the German Port of Hamburg.

The DFA said it facilitated the arrival of the sailors from Germany while the shipping company, AIDA Cruises, chartered the Condor flight to bring the repatriates home.

The department said the repatriation was organized amidst the cap imposed by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases on the daily number of arriving overseas Filipino workers in order to manage the existing quarantine protocols and to ensure that OFWs are adequately attended to upon their arrival.

The Philippine government has been repatriating Filipino workers from abroad amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

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