Skooter report 03/16/11
There were 42 Filipinos reported missing in Friday’s temblor tragedy while 22 Filipinos had been found safe in the area, the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo said. The names of 42 missing Filipinos were released by the embassy.
Once the Japanese government give the green signal, the Philippines is ready to deploy a 41-man search and rescue (SAR) team to earthquake-devastated Japan. Based on the report released by the embassy so far there are no Filipinos injured in the disaster zone in northeastern Japan but had deployed two teams to assist affected nationals.
This is the first time a Philippine SAR team would be posted abroad. The sending of SAR team is a small way of paying Japan back for their generosity for they had been very generous to the Philippines, Communication Secretary Ricky Carangdang said.
Meanwhile, Migrante International, a militant group serving overseas Filipino workers, Tuesday criticized Philippine embassy officials in Tokyo for sending teams empty handed to the disaster zone to help Filipino victims of Friday’s temblor and tsunami.