Equipment lack hampers search for two Filipinas in Haiti

January 22, 2010 11:08 pm 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, Jan. 22 — Eleven days after the earthquake that hit Haiti, the search for Filipino workers Mary Grace Fabian and Geraldine Lalican in the wreckage of the Caribbean Supermarket in Port-au-Prince continues even as rescuers fear both may be dead.

Efforts to find the two have been hampered by the lack of heavy equipment to extricate them out of the collapsed building, among the many destroyed by the magnitude-7 quake of January 12.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Task Force for Recovery, Relief Assistance and Repatriation headed by Ambassador to Havana Macarthur Corsino, said that 70 Filipinos have already enlisted to be repatriated to Manila.

They are among the 216 in the Filipino community so far accounted for and found safe in the ravaged Caribbean nation.

Corsino relayed to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that per repatriation plans, those wanting to go back to Manila would take land transportation by bus from Port-au-Prince to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

From Santo Domingo, the repatriates will enplane to Miami, onward to Los Angeles and finally Manila.

Transit visas to the Dominican Republic and the US are being secured for the Filipinos, and those with expired or missing passports will be issued one-way Philippine travel documents, the DFA confirmed. (PNA)



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