Philippines request US for Temporary Protected Status
by FFE PH News Staff
The Philippines has formally requested the Unites States to designate the country under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) as part of the continued assistance to those affected by typhoon Yolanda.
If granted, Filipino migrants in the US will be allowed to stay and work in order for them to assist in the country’s recovery efforts according to Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert del Rosario.
The request was officially conveyed by Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia Jr. to the US Department of Homeland Security last 13 December.
Upon receiving the request, it will first be evaluated by US authorities and the process may take some time, according to DFA. Del Rosario added that if the request is approved, eligible Filipinos will be evaluated on a case to case basis.
TPS is granted to immigrants in the United States who are temporarily unable to safely return to their country due to environmental disaster, armed conflict or other extreme conditions.
Countries previously granted by TPS due to environmental disasters were Haiti, Honduras, and El Salvador.
Meanwhile US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Manila today for a two-day visit and will be meeting President Aquino and Secretary del Rosario. Aside from the discussion of economic and security cooperation between the two countries, humanitarian assistance and disaster response in regions affected by Yolanda are also expected to be part of the agenda.
Kerry is expected to visit TaclobanCity to meet the victims of Typhoon Yolanda as well as people involved in the relief effort.