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 conditions of Filipinos in Japan in light of the 8.9 magnitude quake that hit northeast Japan Friday causing damages and tsunamis along the country’s 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
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 are safe and there is no damage to the consulate office.
In a phone call to the DFA, Consulate officials stated that there is not much damage to the western and southern regions of Japan, and that the focus of attention of Japanese and Filipinos in their area is Sendai, Honshu in northeast Japan which bore the brunt of the quake.
According to the Consulate in Osaka, there are yet no reported injuries within their area.
There are some 84,414 Filipino nationals in western and southern regions of the country.
In a written report to the DFA, the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo stated that they are 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 some 224,558 Filipino nationals in central and northern regions of Japan. Altogether, there are a total of 305,972 Filipinos in Japan.
Source: DFA Website (www.dfa.gov.ph)