MANILA, Feb 25 (Mabuhay) –A total of 181 Filipinos have been accounted for in Ukraine amid the tension there brought by Russian attacks, a Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) official said Friday
“We have accounted for 181 Filipinos, sila po ‘yung nagparamdam sa ating embahada at nagsabi kung nasaan sila, ngayon nakauwi na po ‘yung anim, kahapon po dapat apat ‘yung aalis pero hindi po natuloy dahil nagsarado po lahat ng airports ng Ukraine,” DFA Undersecretary Sarah Lou Arriola said at a Laging Handa public briefing.
(We have accounted for 181 Filipinos, they are the ones who contacted our embassy and informed us their whereabouts. Six are already back home while the travel of four individuals to the Philippines was postponed because all the airports in Ukraine shut down.)
“As of now there are 37 Filipinos on the road, on the way to Lviv actually eventually for repatriation,” she added.
Arriola assured the public that the DFA is on top of the situation in Ukraine and ready to assist Filipinos amid the tension there. She said the imposition of mandatory repatriation for Filipinos would be determined by DFA Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.
“Doon po sa ating mga kababayan sa Ukraine, kailangan po talagang makipag-ugnayan kayo sa Philippine Embassy at honorary consulate para mabigyan po namin kayo ng tulong, tulong po either repatriation, care packages, or financial assistance during this time of need,” she said.
Russian missiles were launched on Ukrainian cities after President Vladimir Putin of Russia unleashed a full-scale ground invasion and air assault against the country.
Locsin traveled to the Ukrainian border to ensure the safety of Filipinos and oversee the government’s efforts to relocate or repatriate them to the Philippines.
He earlier said Poland has agreed to allow Filipinos leaving Ukraine to enter the country without visas.
Approximately 380 Filipinos are living in Ukraine, most of whom are in the capital Kyiv, the DFA has said.(MNS)