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DFA awaits count of Filipinos affected by Hawaii wildfire; consular team enroute
DFA awaits count of Filipinos affected by Hawaii wildfire; consular team enroute
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DFA awaits count of Filipinos affected by Hawaii wildfire; consular team enroute
by Mhillen Nicole Borja15 August 2023
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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is currently unable to provide a precise count of the Filipino citizens affected by the extensive wildfire incident in Hawaii.

Eduardo de Vega, Undersecretary for Migrant Workers in the DFA, stated during a DZRH interview that the exact number of impacted Filipinos will not be known until the upcoming days.

"Hindi pa natin malalaman kung ilan eksakto ang apektadong Pilipino. [Nasa] 96 na ang [taong] affected [at] malalaman natin [kung may Pilipino] in the next few days kasi ngayong araw, may darating na consular team sa Maui galing sa ating konsulado sa Honolulu," de Vega conveyed.

"Makikipag-ugnayan sila sa mga Filipino community leaders at makita kung anong maitutulong natin," he further remarked.

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A consular team from the country is scheduled to arrive in Maui today to establish contact with leaders within the Filipino community.

Furthermore, official authorization for financial aid has been granted for the 50 identified teachers from the Philippines who are presently located in Maui.

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