The additional funding will allow Filipino diplomats, particularly in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to better serve distressed Filipinos working in these countries. In her consultation with some foreign service posts in the Middle East, Arriola said she was told that they could not effectively respond to ATN cases because of budget constraints. Cayetano said the additional funding could address the limitations being faced by ambassadors and consul generals as they would be provided more resources to serve Filipinos in their respective areas. Arriola, for her part, said the increase in ATN funding, would enable the DFA to fund not just the usual rescues and repatriations but also to open new shelters, hire more translators, interpreters and other personnel and purchase equipment needed by various Philippine posts. “Our ATN budget will be utilized to the fullest to allow our posts to respond more quickly and more effectively,” Arriola added.
Source: Manila Times August 22, 2017 02:37 UTC