The Philippine Embassy in Ankara continues to look after concerns and situations of Overseas Filipinos under its jurisdiction, especially those whose jobs are seriously affected by COVID-19.
Throughout this difficult period, consular services remained available for Filipinos in Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Georgia as well as other areas. Also, Filipinos with most urgent need were immediately provided with much needed welfare assistance.
Food packs/grocery vouchers have been distributed to about 400 distressed nationals including some students in various cities of Turkey and Georgia. Other possible aid for their other daily subsistence concerns such as for their shelters have also been extended given the on-going public health emergency crisis due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Philippine Embassy in Ankara’s continuing assistance program has been made possible with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila and generous contributions from Embassy personnel, the Filipino community, and friends from Turkey and the Philippines, including the Filipino Bayanihan group in Ankara,Turkey’s Foreign Economic Relations Board, thePhilippine-Turkey Business Council Manila, Indonesian Embassy in Ankara, the Turkish Red Crescent and the Red Cross Society of Georgia, in coordination with the Philippine Consulates General in Istanbul, Izmir, Mersin (Turkey), Baku (Azerbaijan), and Tbilisi (Georgia).
Aside from the resident OFs, among those assisted by the Embassy are Filipino tourists in Georgia who are legally based as residents in Gulf countries. With the imposition of restrictions in their base countries on the entry/re-entry of legal foreign workers/residents, these Filipinos were unable to return to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait and initially opted to wait it out in Georgia until restrictions in are lifted and have remained in Georgia with the suspension of international flights.
Assisted kababayans expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the help extended them by the Philippine Government through the Philippine Embassy in Ankara with the generous support of fellow Filipinos and friends. END