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10/09/2017: STATEMENT ON THE PH GOVERNMENT'S ONGOING EFFORTS TO ASSIST KABABAYANS IN THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

STATEMENT ON THE PH GOVERNMENT'S ONGOING EFFORTS TO ASSIST KABABAYANS IN THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
10 September 2017


The Philippine Government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., USA, is moving as quickly as it can to extend assistance to Filipinos in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), and is exerting efforts to be effective in view of logistical challenges involved in the provision of basic supplies and arranging for the repatriation of our nationals to the Philippines.

We have been working 24/7 to secure the necessary clearances to safely convey our team into the BVI and facilitate the repatriation of Filipino nationals.  BVI’s airport is in limited operation and commercial flights are temporarily suspended. The BVI London Office has instructed any party wishing to land aircraft and sail vessels in the territory to first seek permission from the Department of Disaster Management.

We are also coordinating with third countries that may serve as landing points in order to ensure the repatriates' authorized entry into their territories. Coordination is needed as entry requirements have not been relaxed.

We are deeply grateful to our contacts on the ground in BVI and Puerto Rico, and to the officials of the BVI, Puerto Rico, UK and US Governments, for their assistance and cooperation. ###