MANILA - The Filipino community in Spain remains concerned with the coronavirus pandemic and its possible effects on their employment.
"OK naman po ang mga kalagayan nila pero siyempre nababahala sila sa sitwasyon gaya ng mga Spanish nationals dito," said Consul General Adrian Elmer Cruz during the Philippine government's Laging Handa press briefing on COVID-19.
(They're OK but of course they are concerned about the situation like Spanish nationals here.)
Cruz said the embassy is using social media and chat groups to provide the latest information to the Filipino community.
"Binibigyan ng pansin ang mga concerns nila tungkol sa possibility na mawawalan sila ng mga trabaho," said Cruz.
(We give attention to their concerns like the possibility of losing their jobs.)
The embassy, he said, is making an effort to translate into English Spanish labor regulations for Filipinos.
"Para po mabasa ng mga Pilipino, particularly po sa unemployment benefits and other related issues," he said.
(So Filipinos could read it, particularly information on employment benefits and other related issues.)
Frequently Asked Questions in English and Spanish can be found on the embassy's official Facebook page.
It aims to "help both employees and their employers to understand the applicable labor regulations under the current State of Alarm in Spain."
On Tuesday, the embassy joined the community in Madrid in observing a minute of silence at 12 noon for those who passed away due to the coronavirus disease.
"We offer our prayers and extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved families, relatives and friends of Filipinos who have succumbed to the Coronavirus in Spain," the embassy said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.
The embassy also offered its condolences to the Missionary Benedictine Sisters for the death of Sr. Maria Gratia Balagot, a native of Aringay, La Union.
"We also extend our wishes for a full and healthy recovery to our kababayans who have been exposed to the coronavirus and are now under treatment or have chosen to do self-isolation. Please let us keep community connections strong as we await for these difficult times to pass soon," it added.
As of April 1, Spain ranks third among countries with the highest number of COVID-19 infections with 94,417 cases and 8,189 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. The United States remains on top with 163,199 confirmed cases followed by Italy with 105,792.