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300 Filipinos evacuated from flood-hit Calgary in Canada

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People gather in the Bowness neighbourhood looking down a water-filled street near the flooded Bow River in Calgary, Alberta, Canada June 22, 2013. Water levels have dropped slightly today. AFP/DAVE BUSTON

MANILA, Philippines — Some 300 Filipinos were evacuated amid unprecedented flooding in the city of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, a disaster that killed three and forced tens of thousands from their homes last week.

The Philippine Consulate in Vancouver has reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that no Filipino was reported injured or killed when overflowing rivers inundated towns in Calgary, considered Canada’s oil capital.

“Our consulate is preparing to send a mission to assist the affected Filipinos, particularly by providing passport services to those who lost their documents in the flood,” said DFA spokesperson Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez in a press briefing on Tuesday.

He said most of the evacuated Filipinos were temporary workers in Calgary’s oil fields. It was unclear whether all of them were together in one location, but members of the Filipino community have been providing them shelter, Hernandez said.

“Filipino community leaders in Calgary are providing assistance to these Filipinos by providing supplies like rice and other necessities and or shelter,” said the official.

He said Philippine Honorary Consul General to Calgary Ferdinand Aguirre was in close contact with Filipinos and those of Filipino descent in affected areas, estimated to number up to 30,000.

“Our Consulate in Vancouver and our Honorary Consul in Calgary are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to coordinate with local authorities to ensure that our kababayans in the affected areas are all safe and accounted for. The consulate has assured the Filipinos there of the consulate’s support,” Hernandez said.


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  • gerp

    hurricane Ivan that hit Cayman Islands last 2004 was really unforgettable experience, that I thought I could not survived…being a Filipino who had experienced strongest typhoons in Philippines, that hurricanes are not frightening… but this Hurricane Ivan really devastating. Philippine govt has not lend their arms to help all Filipinios there at that time…pero dahil Pinoy kaming lahat na nadoon…kahit di kami magkakakilala…nagtulungan kaming lahat…sama-sama sa hirap at saya habang tinatayo namin ang bawat sarili na makaahon dahil lahat ng gamit namin na naipundar ay nawala sa isang iglap lang…kaya yung mga pinoy dyan sa Canada…nararamdaman namin ang hirap nyo pero alam namin kaya nyo yan!

  • I_kabod

    300 Filipinos evacuated…talagang bang
    pinoy pa yan mga yan? o canadians na? spare me the technicalities, but
    whoever they pledged their allegiance to is the country where they belong.

    • Noel

      Being victims has nothing to do with nationality. We’re talking about human beings here. Many of these Filipinos in Canada are on temporary working visas meaning they’re still Filipinos. Many also decided to have dual citizenship. Even if they’re already Canadians, their hearts and minds are still Filipinos except those what we call “Coconut”.

      • kanoy

        COCONUT—OREO—UNCLE TOM= BROWN ON THE OUTSIDE–WHITE ON THE INSIDE–A TRUE FILIPINO EH?
        HUH?????>>Being victims has nothing to do with nationality HUMMMM ”NOTHING TO DO WITH NATIONALITY” ???? >meaning they’re still Filipinos?????? IF IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH NATIONALITY THEN WHY DOES IT MATTER IF THEY ARE FILIPINO OR NOT? WHY BOTHER EVEN MENTIONING IT????????

    • kanoy

      BUT EVEN THOSE BORN THERE -USA- RUN FOR VICE PRESIDENT >EDU MONZANO OR THOSE RAISED THERE -USA- ARE APPOINTED SECRETARY DFA -DEL ROSARIO

  • Noel

    Filipinos are used to these floods and calamities wherever they are. The Phl has worse of these floods. So, it should not even be news.

    • kanoy

      IF A GUY GETS SHOT IN MANILA CHICAGO PARIS LONDON NYC SYDNEY BONN WASHINGTON—- DOES HE GET USED TO IT?

  • NoWorryBHappy

    The last Phil consular office in Calgary was closed under the Arroyo Administration.
    The CORRUPT practices of the Filipino relatives that managed it was exposed by the Canadian government with the help of Filipino workers and immigrants. The relatives turned on each other because of distrust in the loot they were getting. With the number of OFWs increasing, it would be a great help to open the Consular office again. But this time please assign professional and incorruptible career diplomats.

    • kanoy

      INTERESTING FACTS AND THE STORY BOLSTERS THE SAYING — THERE IS NO HONOR AMONG THIEVES — BUT AS FAR AS THIS GOES>> ”INCORRUPTIBLE CAREER DIPLOMAT” —YOU WILL HAVE BETTER LUCK FINDING THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN, BIG FOOT OR A JACKALOPE —-THERE IS ONLY 1 JESUS CHRIST AND HE WAS NOT A POLITICIAN



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