DFA consular mission brings relief goods to Iwate, Japan

Mt. Iwate and Morioka City.Image via Wikipedia
Mount Iwate and Morioka City

A March 23, 2011 press release by the Department of Foreign Affairs
The Philippine Embassy in Tokyo reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that a consular mission was sent by the Embassy to Iwate, 600 kilometers away from Tokyo, to bring relief goods to the Filipino community there in the light of the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami which struck the northeastern region of Japan last week.
The consular mission was headed by Consul General Sulpicio Confiado, Third Secretary and Vice Consul Ryan Pondoc, and DFA-Office of the Secretary Principal Assistant Andre Peter Estanislao.
The consular mission’s bus left Tokyo Wednesday at 12 noon (Japan time). The bus is expected to arrive in Iwate late Wednesday evening.
The team brought with them relief goods consisting of food packs, blankets, futons and other relief items.
The team will meet with Philippine Honorary Consul in Morioka Masahiro Murayama to discuss the condition of the Filipinos in Iwate, one of the hardest hit prefectures by the earthquake and tsunami.
From Morioka City, the Embassy team will proceed to Rikuzentakada and Ofunato cities Thursday to distribute relief goods to Filipino nationals there.
On the way to Tokyo, the Embassy team will drop by Fukushima city to fetch Filipinos who have expressed their desire to be relocated to Tokyo.
Earlier, Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel Lopez stated that the Embassy will send more buses to the area if necessary.
The Embassy’s first four consular missions were able to relocate a total of 143 Filipino nationals. These Filipinos are now temporarily housed at a Catholic Church in Kichijogi,  at the Lighthouse Ministry in Yokohama City and at the Franciscan Church in Roppongi in Tokyo.
The Philippine Embassy is there to ensure the safety and to serve the needs of Filipinos in Japan.
The hotline numbers at the DFA-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs’ Crisis Management Center are 834-4646 and 834-4580. Requests for information may also be sent through e-mail address dfaoumwa.cmc@gmail.com
Filipinos may contact the following Embassy numbers in cases of emergency:  (03)5562-1573, (03)5562-1574, (03)5562-1570, (03)5562-1590.  The Embassy can also be reached by e-mail through:emergency@philembassy.net.