Philippines endeavors to ensure safety of Filipinos in Japan after tsunami

18:34, March 12, 2011      

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The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said Saturday it is coordinating with the Japanese government, its Embassy in Tokyo and Consulates and the Filpino community in Japan to ensure the safety of Filipinos after a 8.8- magnitude earthquake struck the country on Friday.

At a press conference on Saturday, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Rafael Seguis said that Philippine officials in Japan are checking if the 4,500 Filipinos living in northeastern Japan which bore the brunt of the quake and tsunami, are in good condition.

"As of 4 a.m. we don't have any information of Filipinos injured in the quake. We continue to monitor the situation. Our staff is trying to get in touch with the Philippine community in Japan," Philippine Ambassador Manuel Lopez said in a Manila-based radio program.

Embassy figures showed a total of 305,972 Filipinos in Japan, of this 230,000 are in Tokyo and Osaka.

The Philippine embassy has strongly advised the Filipino community in Japan to take the necessary precautionary measures and closely monitor the news.

In Manila, the DFA Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (DFA-OUMWA) also set up hotline numbers and an e- mail address for those who would like to inquire about the conditions of Filipino relatives in Japan.

Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay assured families of Filipinos in Japan that the government is ready to extend assistance to their family members.

The Philippines has conveyed its condolences to the government and people of Japan over the heartrending loss of life and widespread destruction inflicted by the massive earthquake.

"The Philippines stands in firm solidarity with Japan during these difficult times, confident that the indomitable spirit and resilience of the Japanese nation will ultimately prevail over this catastrophe," said a statement of the DFA.

Source: Xinhua

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