UPDATE: 24 Filipinos injured, one missing in Beirut blast — DFA

Marje Pelayo   •   August 6, 2020   •   280

MANILA, Philippines — In an advisory, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)  on Wednesday (August 5) said 10 of the 11 initially reported missing seafarers have been found safe and accounted for, as reported by the Philippine Embassy in Beirut. 

This recent development leaves one seafarer still missing, the DFA said. 

The 10 seafarers suffered minor injuries and are now with the management of the shipping company Abu Merhi Cruises at Ain el Mraiseh, Beirut.

Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Civilian Security and Consular Concerns Dodo Dulay confirmed the latest tally of injured Filipinos in the massive explosion is at 24.

He said most of the injured are household service workers. 

Except for one critical, all injured are in stable condition or with minor wounds, the official said.

Filipino fatalities remain at two and the search for the missing Filipino is ongoing.

The DFA assured that through the Philippine Embassy in Beirut, it will continue to ascertain the conditions of the seafarers and the other Filipinos who were reported hospitalized due to the incident..

The DFA also informs the public that all its Embassy personnel are safe, with no reported physical damage in its premises.

DFA NCR East closes for disinfection Sept. 28

Marje Pelayo   •   September 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that its National Capital Region-East (NCR-East) consular office located at SM Megamall will be closed on Monday (September 28).

This is to give way to disinfection of office premises and implementation of other preventive measures to manage and prevent risks against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The DFA NCR-East will resume its regular operations on Tuesday (September 29), the advisory said.

Affected applicants with confirmed appointments who are unable to avail of consular services due to the suspension of operations must secure another appointment by emailing ncreast.so@dfa.gov.ph with the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Original appointment date and time
  • Preferred date and time of new appointment

The preferred new appointment may be on any working day (Monday to Friday) from September 29 to October 29 during the Consular Office’s regular operation hours 10:00AM to 5:00PM.

Applicants who need emergency or urgent consular services may contact Consular Office NCR-East by email at ncreast.so@dfa.gov.ph.

5 of 8 injured Pinoys in Abu Dhabi blasts recover — DFA

Marje Pelayo   •   September 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday (September 2), through the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi, confirmed that five of the eight Filipinos injured from the gas explosion from a restaurant in Abu Dhabi have recovered.

They have been discharged from the hospital while the other three are still recovering in two separate hospitals in the city.

A twin explosion rocked the busy city in the United Arab Emirates on August 31 which killed two Filipinos in the area.

The DFA, through the embassy, vows to continue monitoring the situation of Filipinos in the UAE and remains ready to extend assistance.

5 more countries lift inbound travel restrictions on Filipinos amid COVID-19 pandemic — DFA

Marje Pelayo   •   August 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Sunday (August 23) announced five more countries that have lifted inbound restrictions on Filipino travelers.

These countries include Brazil, Kiribati, the United Kingdom, Benin, and Chad. 

The lifting of restrictions is subject to medical protocols such as proof of purchase of health insurance, institutional or home quarantine, presentation of negative COVID-19 test results, among others. 

However, the DFA added that even though Canada, Armenia, Slovak Republic, and Kuwait still do not allow general entry, these countries have imposed stricter medical protocols for those who are exempted from the entry restrictions.

Chad, meanwhile, has opened its outbound borders, subject to flight availability and other special arrangements. 

Previous information on travel restrictions for other countries and regions remain the same. 

In view of these updates, the DFA reminds the public that information contained in the infographics is subject to change without prior and sufficient public notice. 

Therefore, it is always best to check ahead of travel dates with airlines, as well as with relevant embassies or consulates before booking a ticket and before departure.

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