MANILA – Turkiye had promised financial and housing assistance for its nationals, including Filipinos still in the earthquake-affected areas, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday.
DFA Undersecretary Eduardo Jose de Vega said about 78 Filipinos are taking shelter at an Embassy-rented dormitory in Ankara while 158 remain in the hard-hit regions.
“Iyong nanatili sa earthquake-affected areas, mga 158 ang nananatili doon. Tapos ngayon, pinapangakuan ng pamahalaan ng Turkiye na bibigyan sila ng financial saka housing assistance (As for those who are in the earthquake-affected areas, 158 remain there and they were promised financial and housing assistance by the Turkish government),” he said.
The DFA on Wednesday repatriated 24 more Filipinos from Turkiye, the second group to be sent home since the deadly earthquake struck the country last month.
The first group of repatriates from Turkiye arrived in the Philippines on Feb. 27.
De Vega said the repatriates received USD200 as initial assistance upon their return.
He said most of the remaining Filipino citizens in Turkiye chose to remain but anyone who wants to return to the Philippines while the country is still in “recovery period” may approach the Embassy for assistance.
“Nandito kami, kung sino ang gustong umuwi, tutulungan namin para makauwi (We are here, for those who want to go home, we will help them)," he said. “They are safe now, awa ng Diyos, wala namang nadagdag na casualties (no casualty has been added).” (PNA)