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24-hour hotlines, e-mail available for Filipinos with kin in Japan—DFA

First Posted 17:38:00 03/11/2011

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MANILA, Philippines ? (UPDATE) The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has set up hotline numbers and an e-mail address for those who would like to inquire about the condition of their families in Japan in light of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit the northeast part of that country Friday, causing damages and spawning tsunamis along its coastlines, including the capital city of Tokyo.

The hotline numbers at the DFA-OUMWA?s Crisis Management Center are 834-4646 and 834-4580.

Requests for information may also be sent through e-mail address dfaoumwa.cmc@gmail.com.

The Philippine Consulate General in Osaka reported to the DFA that Consulate personnel felt the impact of the earthquake at their 24th floor office, but they were safe and there was no damage to the consulate office.

In a phone call to the DFA, consulate officials said there was not much damage to the western and southern regions of Japan, and that the focus of attention of Japanese and Filipinos in their area was Sendai, Honshu in northeast Japan which bore the brunt of the earthquake.

There are no injuries reported in Osaka, the DFA said, quoting the consulate there.

There are 84,414 Filipino nationals in western and southern regions of the country, the DFA said.

In a written report to the DFA, the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo said that they were exerting efforts to get in touch with Philippine Honorary Consulates in Sapporo, Morioka and Nagoya, and members of the Filipino community for initial reports of any injury or casualty.

There are 224,558 Filipino nationals in central and northern regions of Japan.

There are a total of 305,972 Filipinos in Japan, the DFA said.

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