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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Philippines Extends Assistance to the Bahamas Post-Hurricane Dorian

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez (right) with Ambassador Sidney Collie (left) during the ceremonial turnover of financial assistance held at the Embassy of The Bahamas on 16 December 2019.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Philippine Ambassador Jose Manuel G. Romualdez led a ceremonial turnover of the financial assistance from the Government of the Republic of the Philippines to the Government and People of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, represented by Ambassador Sidney S. Collie, on 16 December 2019 at the Embassy of The Bahamas in the United States. 

The assistance amounting to USD 97,643.42, will contribute to relief efforts in The Bahamas, which was struck by Hurricane Dorian last September. Hurricane Dorian was the strongest tropical cyclone on record to strike the Bahamas and is considered as the costliest disaster in the country’s history. 

“As a nation that is no stranger to natural calamities, the Philippines would like to express its strong solidarity with the Bahamian people who have shown admirable resilience and courage during these difficult times,” said Ambassador Romualdez. 

The Philippine Embassy in Washington DC led by Consul General Renato Pedro Villa and Labor Attach̩ Angela Trinidad visited The Bahamas on 26 September Р01 October 2019 to extend consular and labor services to more than 500 Filipinos as well as deliver financial assistance to some 330 Filipinos adversely affected by category 5 Hurricane Dorian.

“Nearly two thousand Filipinos call The Bahamas their second home and it is in this spirit of community that we demonstrate our support to the Bahamians,” he added. 

On 25 September-01 October 2019, an Embassy team provided relief and consular assistance to Filipinos affected by Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas. The team, led by Consul General Renato Villa, also met with officials of the Bahamian Government to discuss recovery and reconstruction initiatives as well as the welfare of the migrant worker population.

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