65 more Pinoys residing in Haiti safe - DFA

Posted at 01/18/10 10:11 PM

 MANILA, Philippines - Sixty-five more Filipinos residing in earthquake-devastated Haiti have been accounted for and are safe, the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced Monday.

In a statement, the DFA said that out of the 65 Filipinos residing in Petionville, a residential area in Haiti, 3 are currently in Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic, while 3 are on vacation in the Philippines.

They were reported to be alive and safe by Filipino community leader Godofredo "Godo" Edquiban.

The DFA said that Antonio Duran, one of the 3 who are in the Philippines for a vacation, visited the DFA and said that all the Filipinos who were in Petionville during the earthquake are safe. (See list below)

On Sunday, the DFA also announced that 100 Filipino civilians in Delmas district have been accounted for and are safe.

The DFA statement cited a report by Lt. Col. Lope Dagoy, 10th Philippine Contingent commander in Haiti which said that an initial census was conducted to determine the current locations and conditions of Filipinos in the Delmas districts. (Read: 100 Filipinos in district of quake-hit Haiti found safe – DFA)

A DFA official earlier said that aside from 172 soldiers and policemen who are part of the UN peacekeepers, there are 447 more Filipinos working in Haiti.

Two Filipinos, Grace Fabian and Geraldine Lalican, are still trapped under the collapsed Caribbean Supermarket, and rescue efforts are still ongoing.

Extensive efforts are also still being undertaken to rescue other officials, personnel and affiliated individuals who are still unaccounted for, including Filipino United Nations peacekeepers Army Sergeant Eustacio Bermudez, Air Force Sergeant Janice Arocena, and Navy Petty Officer 3 Pearlie Panagui, and Filipino UN civilian staff member Jerome Yap.

Stories of ordeal

Meanwhile, stories of the ordeal suffered by Filipinos who survived the earthquake have been trickling in.

Godofredo Edquiban, a casino manager living in Petionville, Port-au-Prince for the past 10 years, said groups of Filipinos, numbering 20 to 40, are sleeping on the streets after the massive quake damaged their homes.

"Some of the Filipinos are sleeping outside because they are afraid to go inside after their houses were damaged. I really hope that they help us because we have groups of 20, 30 and 40 Filipinos living outside," Edquiban said in an ANC Dateline Philippines interview on Monday.

He said food and safety remain the biggest concerns of the Filipino community in Port-au-Prince amid reports that locals have been looting homes that were left undamaged in the quake. He added that he is constant coordination with Lt. Col. Lope Dagoy, commander of the 172-strong Philippine peacekeeping contingent in Haiti.

"Talaga pong nakakatakot ang nakikita sa labas ngayon. Nakakatakot mag-travel dahil yung mga panahon noon matapos nung earthquake at kinabukasan, hinaharang ng mga locals, ng mga Haitians ang mga truck para dalhin ang kanilang mga kamag-anak sa hospital," he said.

He added: "Walang looting pero iba ang mentality ng mga locals dito."

Edquiban said his house was relatively undamaged in the quake, noting that most of the damage happened at the lower portion of the city. (Read: Pinoy survivors living on Haiti streets)

On Sunday, an overseas Filipino worker in Port-au-Prince said that food supplies are dwindling and chaos increases by the day.

In an exclusive interview via Skype on Sunday, Henry Riobuya described to ANC's Dateline Philippines how life in quake-hit Haiti becomes more difficult each day.

Riobuya is staying at a compound in Port-au-Prince with some 34 other Filipinos. One of them was injured in the quake, but has received treatment at the UN mission.

"Dito sa compound na ito, mayroong bahay ng Pilipino- bale 3 bahay ng Pilipino. Apat na Pilipino ang may bahay dito, tapos dito kami nagtitipun-tipon kasi itong lugar medyo safe sa aming lahat," Riobuya said.

Riobuya said that they group has enough food to last for 3 to 4 days.

"Meron kaming mga pagkain na natira noon before the earthquake dito sa Haiti, and then kanina sa isang kasama namin na nagtatrabaho sa depot na nagtatrabaho sa stockan ng mga karne at bigas [nagdala ng pagkain]," he said. "Nakakapagluto kami pero hindi namin matiyak kung hanggang kailan 'yun."

"Sa tantya ko, mga 3 days or 4 days ang maximum wala na siguro," he said.

Luckily, he said that no one is getting sick, and all of them have spoken to their families back home.

Humanitarian assistance

Meanwhile, the DFA said President Arroyo has approved a $50,000 humanitarian assistance to Haiti.

The humanitarian grant is in addition to the dispatch of a Department of Health-led medical team that is set to depart this week to assist in rescue and recovery efforts.

The United Nations issued a flash appeal for international aid for Haiti last January 15.

List of Filipinos in Petionville confirmed alive and safe.

Surname First Name Nickname
1. Paglomutan Alvin Alvin
2. Protacio Angelita Lita
3. Perea Anita Nitz
4. Edquiban Annelli Annie
5. Sastrillo Antonio Jun Jun
6. Duran Antonio Tony
7. Edquiban April Anne April
8. Abenuman Arcenito RC
9. Paglomutan Caimile Caimile
10. Dublois Candelaria Sheila
11. Protacio Carmelito Lito
12. Manalili Cecille Cecille
13. Usana Cheryl Che Che
14. Sason Cholly Cholly
15. Lim Consolacion Ching
16. Bosi Czar Czar
17. Diamante Edgar Ed
18. Arbis Edna Edna
19. Manalili Elenita Lenie
20. Guinchoma Emelita Emay
21. Lim Fernando Toto
22. Esquibel Florentina Poroy
23. Paglomutan Fred Fred
24. Bolante Gerry Gerry
25. Lalican Gherwell Gherwell
26. Villagracia Gilberto Butch
27. Edquiban Godofredo III Don Don
28. Edquiban Godofredo Jr. Godo
29. Villena Grace Grace
30. Santos Honey Cris HiC
31. Unica Jerome Jerome
32. Macario Joel Joel
33. Sason Jose Leo Leo
34. Dequito Leslie Leslie
35. Lalican Lowell Lowell
36. Piedad Luisa Luisa
37. Manalo Marilou Marilou
38. Garcia Marites Tess
39. Caponpon Michael Mac
40. Malbacias Michael Michael
41. Santos Mikaela Myka
42. Bautista Morris Albert Morris
43. Segubre Nestor Nestor
44. Decano Nilo Nilo
45. Agda Orlando Orly
46. Sedano Oscar Oca
47. Villagracia Perlita Perlie
48. Villena Rafael Raffy
49. Consul Roldan Dang
50. Santos Rosario Charette
51. Paglomutan Rosemarie Rose
52. Malbacias Samantha Louis Samantha
53. Unica Sharon Joy Sharon
54. Malbacias Sheryl Che Che
55. Vidallo Teody Teody
56. Macario Teresa Tere
57. Duran Tony Rose Neneng
58. Elorde Tristan Tristan
59. Maning Vener Vener
60. Duran Vicente Vic
61. Lalican Welldine Welldine
62. Decembre Leila Leng leng
63. Caluya Teresita Tikya
64. Baylon Ingracia Lei
65. Lizardo Roland Richard Pong