By Ted Regencia
CHICAGO — As thousands of Filipino families from the Gulf region start to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives following the devastation by Katrina, Philippine Consul General to Chicago Blesila Cabrera dispatched a team to Baton Rouge, capital of Louisiana, to help victims and coordinate relief operation.
In an exclusive interview, Vice Consul Roberto Bernardo said that Cabrera hast sent Consul Patrick Hilado, Finance Officer Jaime Bilar, and Consular Official Victor Sarmiento, “to monitor the developments on the ground.” The officials were directed to check evacuation centers for Filipino victims. Louisiana and Mississippi are under Cabrera’s jurisdiction.
“We are closely monitoring the situation, and we are doing whatever we can to assist Filipinos victimized by Katrina,” said Bernardo, designated consular spokesman on the Katrina effort.
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