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    Mga Pilipinong Kumpirmadong Nasawi sa Hostage Crisis sa Algeria, Umabot na sa Walo — DFA

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

    FILE PHOTO: Department of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Raul Hernandez (UNTV News)

    FILE PHOTO: Department of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Raul Hernandez (UNTV News)

    MANILA, Philippines – (Update) Umabot na sa walo ang bilang ng mga Pilipinong kumpirmadong nasawi sa nangyaring hostage crisis sa Algeria.

    Ayon kay DFA Spokesman Raul Hernandez, walo rin ang nakauwi na sa bansa, apat ang nasa isang clinic sa Algeria at lima ang napagalamang nagbabakasyon sa Pilipinas.

    Sa mga susunod na araw ay posibleng maiuwi na rin ang mga labi ng apat na biktima.

    “Once the employment agency has this sample, that will be sent to Algeria to facilitate the identification of the remains lone missing OFW

    Ayon pa kay Hernandez, hiniling ng mga pamilya ng mga biktima na maging pribado ang pagdating sa bansa ng labi ng kanilang mga mahal sa buhay.

    “Nakikiusap sila na kung maaari daw pagbigyan muna sila at wag istorbohin at respitohin yung kanilang privacy so that they would be able to grieve and mourn over the lost of their family members.”

    Magsasagawa naman ng DNA matching sa labi ng mga biktima sa madugong hostage-taking incident.

    Ito ay upang malaman kung kasama roon ang isa pang Pilipino na nawawala.

    Ayon sa DFA, kukuha sila ng DNA sample sa kamag-anak ng nawawalang OFW at ipadadala ito sa Algeria para sa matching.

    Sa tala ng kagawaran, 26 na OFW ang nagtatrabaho sa In Amenas gas field. (Mirasol Abogadil & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

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    1. JP007 says:

      Perang di nman ganun kalaki…buhay ang kapalit…better to go Home to Pinas and Earn a Simple and Peaceful Living…suggestions…!

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    132 Filipinos repatriated from the Caribbean to arrive tonight

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines — 132 Filipinos affected by Hurricane Irma in the British Virgin Islands, Saint Maarten and Anguilla are on their way to the Philippines.

    They will arrive tonight together with  four members of the Rapid Response Team from the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC who helped in rescuing the affected Filipinos.

    The Filipino repatriates voluntarily enlisted themselves to temporarily return to the country.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) continues to coordinate with Philippine Embassies in hurricane-affected countries to ensure that the repatriated Filipinos can still return to the calamity-hit areas the moment the situation there returns to normal.

    “Because they have existing contracts. So most likely since these are British and US territories., their contracts would specify for their return to their place of work. So we will assist them in making sure that despite the circumstances their terms of their contract will be honored by the employers when the reconstruction is finished,” said DFA Spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar.

    None was killed due to Hurricane Irma. However, Philippine embassies continue to monitor the possible effects of Hurricane Maria that is currently wreaking havoc in areas hit by Irma.

    The Office of Migrant Workers Affairs vows to immediately coordinate with embassy officials if other Filipinos in the affected areas need to return home.

    “The qualifications is for them to contact the embassy by whatever means if they are Filipinos. If they repatriated even there are documents or not exactly complete we give them travel documents and other documentation to make sure they have safe passages through the country’s,” DFA-Office of Migrant Workers Affairs OIC Exec. Director Raul Dado said.

    Affected Filipinos seeking repatriation may call the Philippine Embassy emergency hotline or email them at  consular@phembassy- or send message to their social media accounts. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News and Rescue 

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    DFA, OCD, Labor Department, raise alert status over North Korea’s missile threat

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017


    South Korean defense officials confirmed North Korea conducted another nuclear bomb test over the weekend.

    Pyongyang has initially warned of launching a missile attack targeting Guam, a US pacific territory.

    It can be noted North Korea also launched an intercontinental ballistic missile tests that flew over Japan last month.

    This prompted the Philippine government to conduct steps that would protect Filipinos abroad in the event the nuclear threat from North Korea further escalates.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Philippine embassies in affected areas are prepared for any eventuality.

    “Under the contingency plan of each post, we will activate the contingency plan when there is a crisis and we are prepared on those areas,” DFA Office of Migrant Workers Affairs director Atty. Rose Fangco said.

    Even the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has prepared contingency plans.

    “We speak as one voice. The DFA and DOLE agreed on a contingency manual so our contingency manual, a plan of action; these are prepared at all embassies and Philippine Embassies in the world. The Embassy in Seoul is no different,” OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said.

    The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) is also on alert should Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear threats further escalate.

    “The first responders are always the LGU’s. We give them guidance and advice on how to prepare,” OCD ASec. Kristoffer James Purisima said.

    The OCD said the public should take the missile tests of North Korea seriously especially since Pyongyang seems to have no intention of stopping it. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News and Rescue

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    ASEAN ministers condemn China’s land reclamation, militarization in South China Sea

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, August 7th, 2017


    The foreign ministers of 10 ASEAN member states said a unilateral action has been the cause of tension and crisis arising between members of ASEAN and Beijing.

    This has been the statement of the ASEAN foreign ministers regarding China’s land reclamation and militarization of the area.

    Thus during the meeting, the bloc upheld the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

    The ASEAN ministers and China also upheld the framework of the code of conduct that would serve as a basis for the creation of the actual rules for the disputed territory.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the ASEAN members would maintain the improving situation in the South China Sea, although it remains unclear whether or not China would stop building structures in the disputed area.

    “Parallel to this ASEAN and China will continue to cooperate on such practical maritime and cooperation efforts including managements and preventions of conflicts among parties through confidence rebuilding measures to prevent miscalculations on the ground,” said DFA spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar. – Macky Libradilla | UNTV News and Rescue

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