Japan Coast Guard searching for missing ship with 39 Filipino sailors

Robie de Guzman   •   September 3, 2020   •   669

Gulf Livestock 1 vessel that went missing off southwestern Japan after departing from Napier on August 14, 2020. Photo/VesselFinder

MANILA, Philippines – The search operations of the Japanese Coast Guard for a missing livestock vessel with 43 crew members onboard is still ongoing, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday.

Citing a report from the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo and the Philippine Consulate General in Osaka, the DFA confirmed reports that a Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel went missing off southwestern Japan.

The DFA said the Japanese Coast Guard already deployed patrol boats and airplanes to conduct the search for the missing ship.

The vessel is reportedly carrying 43 crew members, 39 of whom are Filipinos.

So far, one Filipino was reported to have been rescued by the Japanese Coast Guard.

Reports said the 11,947-ton Gulf Livestock 1 ship was carrying 5,800 cows west of the western coast of Amami Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture when it made a distress call on September 2. The cause of the distress is still unknown but the weather and seas were rough in the area due to Typhoon Maysak.

The DFA said the Consulate General in Osaka is monitoring the situation.

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Osaka is also coordinating with local manning agency, Korphil Ship Management and Manning Corp. in ascertaining the condition of the Filipino seafarers. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

DFA logs 348 new COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos

Marje Pelayo   •   February 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) received reports confirming 348 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases among overseas Filipinos, bringing the total tally to 14,389.

This record is the highest since June 2020, surpassing 322 cases reported on January 13 this year.

Meanwhile, 88 Filipinos have recovered from the disease raising the total number of recoveries to 9,052.

To date, no new fatality was reported.

According to the DFA, the reported spike is due to an increase in cases in Europe as well as late reports owing to privacy concerns in the Middle East and Africa.

Based on the latest report, the number of countries and territories where overseas Filipinos with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are reported have risen to 86.

The DFA said it shall continue to keep track of the status of overseas Filipinos, and facilitate repatriations, whenever possible.

Over 350k overseas Filipinos repatriated since Feb. 2020—DFA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Over 350,000 overseas Filipinos (OFs) have been repatriated since February 2020, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The DFA reported it has repatriated 4,549 OFs in the last week of January 2021, reaching a total of 356,126 OFs since the department began its repatriation program in February of last year.

Among the recently repatriated are undocumented OFs from Vietnam, Australia, Japan, Jordan and China. There were also three distressed OFs from Indonesia and one OF with a medical condition.

“Out of the total number we brought home this week, 692 were seafarers while 3,857 were land-based OFWs,” the DFA said.

The DFA also reiterated that it continues to coordinate with Philippine government agencies, airlines, and other private companies on the repatriation program for overseas Filipinos. AAC

DFA main building closed until Feb. 2; consular services in Aseana unaffected

Marje Pelayo   •   January 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced the temporary closure of its main office building in Roxas Boulevard from January 29 (Friday) to February 2 (Tuesday).

Meanwhile, consular services to the public will remain open at the DFA-Consular Office in ASEANA, in accordance with their publicized operating hours.

The temporary closure is part of the department’s assessment of public health and safety measures currently in place.

The reopening date may be moved further, depending on the results of the assessment.

To keep up-to-date on the latest news and advisories, the public is advised to visit the DFA’s official website http://www.dfa.gov.ph, and other social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

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