No Filipinos affected so far by US forest fires — DFA
Marje Pelayo • September 15, 2020 • 367
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday (September 14) confirmed that no Filipinos have so far been reported affected by the recent forest fire incidents across the West Coast in the United States.
The DFA wishes to refer the public to the advisories released by Philippine foreign service posts with jurisdiction over affected areas for up-to-date information and necessary assistance.
Specifically, these offices are the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles and the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco.
Local authorities are still struggling to control the raging wildfires in California, Oregon, Washington State and other areas in the West Coast.
The situation is made worse by varying wind directions and very low humidity.
The raging wildfires across California, Oregon and Washington have already charred millions of acres of land and killed more than 30 people so far.
Authorities fear the death toll will increase as dozens more remain unaccounted for.
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday denied a report that a group of former diplomats is supporting the embattled ex-Philippine Ambassador to Brazil.
The DFA issued the statement following confirmation that the country’s former envoy Marichu Mauro has returned to the country to face an investigation into her alleged acts of abuse towards her household service staff.
“The Department of Foreign Affairs is not aware of the existence of the so-called ‘Department of Foreign Affairs Career Officers Corps’ and the ‘Retired Ambassadors Association,’” the department said.
“The reported statement of such organizations on the case of the former Philippine Ambassador to Brazil does not, in any way, reflect the position of the Department nor the sentiment of its career corps,” it added.
Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go earlier said Mauro has arrived in the country late Monday night.
She is expected to face the panel formed by the DFA to look into the series of alleged physical abuse she committed against her household helper as shown in CCTV videos released by a Brazilian media last month.
The DFA earlier assured the conduct of a thorough investigation and to mete out appropriate sanctions based on its findings.
“The Department stands by its resolve to respond to the matter in accordance with, and to the fullest extent of the law,” it said.
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced on Monday (November 2) that a total of 61 countries and destinations have opened for tourism following months of inbound restrictions due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Among 198 countries and destinations in the world, “54 have already lifted inbound border restrictions on Filipino travels,” the DFA noted in the advisory.
Meanwhile, “only 7 allow entry without any inbound arrival protocols” and these are Andorra, Haiti, Mexico, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Zambia.
However, the DFA said “over 130 remain closed for tourism” and these include 53 countries and areas that are still closed to inbound travellers and 84 which have travel bans against tourists remain in effect.
“While travel for leisure is now an option amidst the pandemic, the DFA advises Filipino travelers to refer to the requirements set by the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases) and implemented by the Bureau of Immigration (BI),” the Department said.
“Moreover, travelers should always check ahead of travel dates with their airlines before departure or before booking a ticket as the information in the infographics could change at any time,” it added.
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