According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), relief assistance has been distributed by the Philippine Consulate General in Agana, Guam to at least 600 Filipinos in Saipan, Northern Marianas affected by Typhoon Yutu.
The DFA in a statement on Saturday reported that a two-man team from the Consulate, namely of ice Consul Alex Vallespin and Assistance to Nationals (ATN) Officer Juliet Simbul, have been on the ground in Saipan since Thursday. The Filipino community in Saipan is around 15,000 strong, Included in this figure are those staying in temporary shelters, following the destruction or damage of their homes by Typhoon Yutu. Typhoon Yutu, local name Rosita, also affected parts of Northern Luzon.
The Philippine government is also extended assistance to Filipinos in other parts of the northern Marianas. The area was adversely affected by last week’s Typhoon Yutu.
The Philippine Consulate will be sending teams to the islands of Tinian and Rota to check on the Filipino communities living there. Both islands were devastated by the storm. An estimated 600 Filipinos reside on Tinian, and on Rota 300. Aside from distributing cash assistance, the consulate’s team will be checking and assessing the conditions of the Filipino communities on the islands, and meeting with officials from SAipan.
Consul General Marciano De Borja extended his agency’s appreciation and thanks to the authorities in Saipan for the assistance they provided to the affected members of the Filipino communities on the islands. De Borja also acknowledged the financial assistance extended by hotel owner Jerry Tan to the affected Filipinos.
The authority of the Consulate General in Agana, Guam also covers Caroline Islands, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau and Wake Islands.