PHL embassy in Japan sends new consular mission to Fukushima

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A March 19, 2011 press release prepared by the Department of Foreign Affairs
The Philippine Embassy in Tokyo reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that another consular mission was sent by the Embassy Saturday afternoon to fetch some 60 Filipinos in Fukushima area who have expressed their desire to be relocated in the light of the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami which struck the northeastern region of Japan.
The consular mission was headed by Third Secretary and Vice Consul Christian de Jesus.  The bus will fetch Filipinos at two designated pick-up points – the Kuriyama City Hall and the Iwaki City Hall. The Kuriyama City Hall is approximately four hours away from Tokyo.
The bus is expected to return to Tokyo Saturday at 11 p.m. (Japan time). The Filipinos will be immediately brought to the Wesley Center at Minami Aoyama, an evacuation center in Tokyo.
Another consular mission will be sent to Sendai City Sunday to deliver relief goods to the Filipino community there and to bring 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 priority right now are the Filipinos in Fukushima,” he said.
The Embassy’s first three consular missions were able to relocate a total of 101 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 email through: emergency@philembassy.net.