DFA Consular Mission take Filipinos from Miyagi and Hokoshima to Tokyo

A March 20, 2011 press release prepared by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)
The Philippine Embassy in Tokyo reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that a new consular mission travelled early Sunday morning to fetch Filipinos in Miyagi and Hokoshima who have expressed their desire to be relocated to Tokyo in the light of the nuclear emergency resulting from the earthquake and tsunami that struck the country last week.
The consular mission, which left Tokyo at 7 a.m., Sunday, was headed by Vice Consul Christian de Jesus and DFA Office of the Undersecretary for Administration Special Assistant Elmer Cato.
The bus, with a seating capacity for 50 people, will fetch Filipinos at two designated pick-up points.
The bus is expected to arrive at Miyagi City Hall at 12 noon to pick-up Filipinos waiting there. It will be at the Hokoshima
Interchange at 2 pm to pick-up Filipinos in that area.
Upon its return to Tokyo, the Filipinos will be brought to a relocation center arranged by the Embassy.
The Embassy’s four consular missions so far has relocated some 112 Filipino nationals.
These Filipinos are temporarily housed at a Catholic Church in Kichijogi, the Lighthouse Ministry in Yokohama City, the Franciscan Church in Roppongi in Tokyo and the Wesley Center at Minami Aoyama.
Earlier, Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel Lopez stated that the Embassy will send more buses to the area if necessary.
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.