By Gabriela Baron
The Department of Foreign Affairs assured on Wednesday that there are no Filipinos affected by the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that jolted the coast of Chile on Sunday.
“No Filipino was directly affected by the earthquake, following a monitoring activity [we] conducted with leaders and coordinators of Filipino communities to ascertain the safety and welfare of overseas Filipinos in Chile,” said Ma. Teresita Daza, Philippine Ambassador to Chile, in a statement.
She added that the Philippine Embassy in Santiago is keeping close attention on the aftermath of the quake.
There are currently an estimated 860 Filipino migrants in Chile.
“The embassy will continue to monitor the situation in the area and is ready to provide assistance as needed,” the statement ended.
Chile is located on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and has a long history of deadly quakes, including an 8.8-magnituded tremblor in 2010 that triggered a tsunami that devastated coastal towns.