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Temporary protection status for PH sought by US solon

Manila, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday another United States congressman is batting for the Philippines’ request to be granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

US Congressman Jerrold Nadler of New York’s 10th District conveyed to Philippine Consul General Mario De Leon, Jr. his support for TPS designation for the Philippines.

“I am thankful to Congressman Nadler for his expression of support for the Philippines’ request for a TPS designation and his willingness to join the US-Philippines Friendship Caucus at the US House of Representatives. Having a legislator of his stature on our side will be beneficial for our cause,” Consul General De Leon said.

The TPS designation will support the rehabilitation efforts in the Philippines following the devastation brought by super-typhoon “Yolanda.”

Once the Philippines gets a TPS designation, eligible Filipinos will be allowed to stay and work in the United States so they could support the country’s long-term post-typhoon recovery efforts.

It will be recalled that the Philippines formally requested the US government on December 13, 2013 to designate the country under Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

The Philippines’ request is now under the consideration of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the agency that will decide whether or not the Philippines should be given a TPS.

If this request is granted, the Philippines will join four other countries – El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Honduras – that were placed under TPS after going through similar natural disasters.