MANILA – A few cases of Filipinos infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) have been reported in the Netherlands, Philippine Ambassador Jaime Victor Ledda said Tuesday.
The envoy, however, did not say the number of Filipinos infected with the disease.
“Sa awa ng Diyos wala po tayong maraming kaso, very few ang balita na natanggap ng embassy tungkol sa mga naapektuhan ng Covid-19 pero kahit papaano ito’y seryoso pa rin kahil kaunti lang ang naapektuhan and we continue to operate kahit work from home tayo (By God’s grace, only few Filipinos were reportedly affected by Covid-19, meanwhile, we continue to operate even while we’re working from home),” he said during a phone patch interview at the Laging Handa briefing.
At present, there are approximately 8,412 Filipinos in the Netherlands and about 5,000 in the Dutch Caribbean island Aruba.
Ledda said most of the overseas Filipino workers in Aruba are affected by the drastic halt on global tourism due to the pandemic as majority of them are working in the travel and hotel industry.
The embassy is coordinating with the Dutch government and the Filipino community to provide them necessary assistance, including the Filipino seafarers currently in the country.
“Ang mga ginagawa po natin aside from regular consular services, nakikipag-ugnayan tayo sa Dutch government tungkol sa mga ilang concerns ng ating kababayan (Aside from regular consular services, we are also in touch with the Dutch government about the concerns of our nationals),” he said.
The embassy is also working with the Philippine Overseas Labor and Office in Berlin for the release of the one-time cash assistance to OFWs affected by the pandemic. (PNA)