Filipino Irma evacuees flown to Puerto Rico en route to PH

/ 09:24 PM September 19, 2017

First and second batches of Filipino nationals from British Virgin Islands arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico September 17.

WASHINGTON, DC – Ninety Filipinos who availed themselves of the Philippine government’s repatriation program were airlifted from Irma-hit British Virgin Islands (BVI) to San Juan, Puerto Rico Sunday, September 17.

The repatriates arrived in eight batches on Air Sunshine flights, with the first batch arriving at 11:00 a.m. and the last batch arriving in San Juan Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport at 6:30 p.m. Twenty-two more were expected to arrive Monday.


The government response team met and briefed the repatriates at the airport, transported them to designated hotel and gave them meals.

Atty. Jose Victor Chan-Gonzaga, Vice Chair of the Crisis Management Team of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. welcomes the 4th batch of Filipino nationals from the British Virgin Islands who arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico today, 17 September 2017. ​CONTRIBUTED

A response team deployed to Anguilla yesterday successfully completed the relief good distribution to approximately 60 Filipino nationals who were affected by Hurricane Irma on the said island.


Filipinos who volunteered to be evacuated from Anguilla were also briefed on their Monday, September18 departure, for San Juan, Puerto Rico where they will join the group from BVI and the kababayans scheduled to arrive from Sint Maarten.

From Puerto Rico, the repatriates from the three islands will catch the chartered flight to the Philippines.

Those who want to share or find information about the condition of their family members and friends in the abovementioned places may reach the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. through the following contact information:

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0678, 0702 – 1st and 2nd batch of Filipino nationals from British Virgin Islands arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico today, 17 September 2017.

0646, image1 – Filipinos on Anguilla show their “resilient spirit” during Philippine Government’s distribution of relief assistance in the evening of 16 September 2017.

0789 – Kababayans from British Virgin Islands partake of the packed meals prepared by the Philippine government response team at their hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


6179, 6155 – Response Team from the Philippine Embassy in The Hague met with the Filipino community on Sint Maarten on 17 September 2017 (Photos courtesy of the Philippine Embassy in The Hague)

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TAGS: Air Sunshine, Filipino evacuees from Irma, Filipino repatriates from Irma, Hurricane Irma aftermath, hurricane relief
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