AROUND 140 Filipino nationals will be repatriated from the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Anguilla, and Sint Maarten.
They requested to be evacuated in light of the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Irma on the Caribbean islands.
The DFA-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs, Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., Philippine Embassy in The Hague, and POLO-OWWA in Washington, D.C. reported to Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter S. Cayetano that they are closely coordinating to ensure the smooth schedule of flights from BVI, Anguilla, and Sint Maarten to San Juan, Puerto Rico on September 17 and 18 20. From Puerto Rico, the repatriates will catch a chartered flight to the Philippines.
Atty. Jose Victor Chan-Gonzaga, the Vice-Chair of the Crisis Management Team of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., arrived in Puerto Rico and discussed boarding procedures with Louis Rodriguez of GMD Airline Services Puerto Rico who will be the ground handler for the chartered flight to the Philippines.
The response team stationed in San Juan is also arranging the accommodations, transportation, and meals of those scheduled to arrive from the three islands.
Meanwhile, the two separate response teams from Puerto Rico and Curacao are expected to arrive this afternoon on Anguilla and Sint Maarten, respectively, to provide relief assistance and help in the repatriation of Filipinos who were affected by Hurricane Irma.