DFA: 236 Pinoys in Caribbean to be evacuated

A picture taken on September 5, 2017 shows a view of the Baie Nettle beach in Marigot, with the wind blowing ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irma. Ferocious Hurricane Irma bears down on the eastern Caribbean with strong winds and potential for huge storm surges, prompting people to pack into shelters, stock up on essentials and evacuate tourist areas as far north of Florida. / AFP PHOTO / Lionel CHAMOISEAU

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will charter a plane to fly at least 236 Filipinos out of the hurricane-hit Caribbean islands beginning Monday.

The Filipinos were stranded in the islands when Category 5 Hurricane “Irma” slammed into the popular tourist destination last week.

“There are now as many as 236 of our kababayans (fellowmen) from various parts of the Caribbean who have asked to be repatriated. We assure them that we will bring all of them home,” Foreign Secretary Alan Cayetano said on Wednesday. Dona Z. Pazzibugan