Hurricane Irma: PH to repatriate Filipinos from British Virgin Islands
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government will repatriate Filipino residents from the British Virgin Islands, which was ravaged by Hurricane Irma, the country's embassy in Washington DC said Saturday, September 9.
Around 90 Filipino citizens have enlisted for repatriation from the Caribbean island, a British territory, "due to the continued hardships they face in getting necessities and medicines," Patrick Chuasoto, the embassy Chargé d'Affaires, was quoted as saying in a statement.
The territory has around 264 Filipino, "mostly in the medical, accounting and construction sectors," the embassy said.
Chuasoto said that a response team has arrived in Puerto Rico Saturday, and will proceed to the British Virgin Islands as soon as travel to the island is possible.
"In the meantime, they are working closely with the Filipino leaders and relevant agencies in Puerto Rico and the BVI to facilitate the one-way journey of our kababayans from the BVI to the Philippines," he said.
Meanwhile, the embassy is still monitoring the possible effects of Hurricane Irma in the US mainland, as well as the incoming Hurricane Jose, which is following a path identical to Irma's.
"Those who are in high risk areas should be very vigilant in making the necessary preparations. Irma has already proven to be very destructive and we advise our people to put their and their families’ safety above all else," Chuasoto was quoted in an earlier advisory.
Filipinos in the path of these storms are advised to heed local disaster officials. For Filipinos in need of assistance, they can contact the Philippine embassy via the emergency hotline +1 (202) 368 2767; via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com; and on social media (Facebook at www.facebook.com/philippinesusa or Twitter at @philippinesusa). – Rappler.com