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Thursday, 01 December 2022 08:56 GMT

Migrant Body Urges Obama to Grant US Filipinos Protected Status

(MENAFN- Qatar News Agency) Washington-based Migrant Heritage Commission (MHC) has urged United States President Barack Obama to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Filipinos residing in the US, the Philippines News Agency (PNA) reported Monday. The MHC sent a letter to President Obama requesting to qualify Filipinos for employment in order to financially enable them to remit money to their families affected by earthquakes and super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) that have affected many provinces in the Philippines. MHC's three executive directors Arnedo S Valera, Esquire; Grace Valera-Jaramillo, and Jesse A Gatchalian signed the letter which said, "Please help the people in the Philippines by permitting their relatives and friends to remain in the US so that they can continue to provide financial and material support to a nation in dire need." Thousands of Filipinos are living in America TPS is a temporary immigration status to the US, granted to eligible nationals of designated countries The US Department of Homeland Security can grant TPS to any foreign state affected by natural calamities that temporarily disrupts living conditions On October 15, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Bohol and Cebu in the Philippines It killed more than 250 people and destroyed thousands of houses, roads and bridges and agricultural crops costing billions of pesos Last week Yolanda hit Samar, Leyte and other provinces in the Visayas and Southern Luzon, including Palawan, that killed more than 3,600 people, affected four million and left a wide swath of destruction.

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