THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday said it will be repatriating a total of 236 Filipinos from several islands in the Caribbean that were devastated by Hurricane Irma.
Foreign Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said response teams dispatched by the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC are now on the ground in the British Virgin Islands and are enroute to the US Virgin Islands to assist Filipino victims of Hurricane Irma.
“There are now as many as 236 of our kababayans from various parts of the Caribbean who have asked to be repatriated,” Secretary Cayetano said. “We assure then that we will bring all of them home.”
Citing the latest report from the Embassy, Secretary Cayetano said from 160 to 180 Filipinos are waiting to be repatriated from the British Virgin Islands, 20 from Anguilla, and another 36 from St. Martin.
Secretary Cayetano said the Embassy, which is overseeing the repatriation effort, is currently planning to charter aircraft to transport the stranded Filipinos to Manila.
“We hope that all the logistical and administrative requirements would be arranged soon so we could start repatriating our kababayans by Monday,” Secretary Cayetano said.