The Canadians, including Filipino Canadians, stranded currently in the Philippines will breathe an air of hope as Kevin Lamoureux, MP Winnipeg North, has been working with the Federal government to repatriate them to Canada.
MP Kevin Lamoureux says: “There are hundreds of people today in the Philippines wanting to return to Canada and they need help. I am encouraging all those that can assist in particular the different levels of authorities in the Philippines and my own Government to do whatever can be done to support our residents in returning home.” And he added;” If you know someone that needs help please have them contact my office by emailing me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winnipegger Jocelyn Policarpio, together with her family, have been stranded in their Pasig City resident after their attempts to rebook their flight to Canada last March 25 but the prohibitive cost of rebooking led them to wait for another date and help from the Canadian government.
“Our flights got cancelled for the 25th of April with no explanation. I tried to contact our agent. She was able to rebook temporarily for April 6th but not confirmed yet, kasi our connecting flight from BC to Winnipeg was cancelled,” said Jocelyn Policarpio. “I reached out to the embassy, and their offer was a loan. I cannot do a loan, especially for 4 adults.”
Other Filipino-Canadians are still waiting for help. And the common problems among our kababayan Canadians, they do not register their arrival in the Philippines at the Canadian Embassy for a much better communication. There is a great advantage of registering while you are vacationing in the Philippines, just in case of emergency, like this COVID -19 pandemic.
For more than three weeks, the Canadian government has been repatriating Canadians stranded in Morocco, South America, Europe and lately, in India where thousands of Canadians are stranded waiting for the arrival of the chartered plane scheduled on April 15. The airfare for this chartered plane to India is $2,900 per person. And the Canadian government is giving a loan of $5,000 per person which can be availed by Canadians stranded around the world.