DFA urges Pinoys in Lebanon to avoid areas of protests

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 21, 2019   •   592

A picture taken with a drone shows an aerial view of protesters waving Lebanese flags and shouting anti-government slogans during a protest in front of Muhammad al-Amin Mosque in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, 20 October 2019. Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Lebanon for a fourth day of protests that sparked after proposed taxes with the 2020 budget, especially an unexpected government plan to impose a fee of 0.20 cents a day for using WhatsApp calls. The government said the plan will not come into effect and Prime Minister Saad Hariri gave political parties 72 hours to agree on a solution to the country’s crisis. EPA-EFE/WAEL HAMZEH

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) advises the Filipino community in Lebanon to stay away from areas where protests are being held.

On Saturday (October 19), the DFA reiterated the advise of the Philippine Embassy in Beirut for Filipinos in Lebanon to take the necessary precautions in view of the ongoing protests.

“Filipinos are urged to stay away from areas where protests are taking place, and to remain indoors as much as possible,” based on the statement of the DFA.

A mass protest in Lebanon began on Thursday (October 17) after the Lebanese government proposed to tax calls in several messaging services including WhatsApp.

The mass protests continue as protesters demand for more reforms including an end to rampant corruption in the government.—AAC

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.

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.

Pinoys in Ethiopia innovate disinfection cabin vs COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 11, 2020

A team of Filipino workers in Ethiopia innovated a disinfection cabin to fight the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in their host country.

In a post, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported that the Filipino innovators are Engr. Alain Vincent M. Comendador, Engr. Eunelfa Regie F. Calibara, Engr. Jolan B. Sy and Engr. Marlon G. Rojo.

The disinfection cabin was installed at the Wollo University-Kombolcha Institute of Technology (WU-KIOT).

“The cabin uses four misting devices that aim for whole-body coverage, and a disinfectant mist combined with liquid disinfectant and pressurized air,” the DFA said.

The said Filipino innovators were inspired by the disinfection cabin of the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology called ‘CabinIITZ’.

The DFA also said the Wollo Provincial Office of the Ethiopian Ministry of Health will later inspect the Filipino-innovated disinfection cabin and the disinfectant formulation.

“WU-KIOT endeavors to get the disinfection cabin accredited by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health,” the DFA said. AAC

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