Nearly 2,000 seafarers repatriated
MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs reported the arrival of 900 Filipino seafarers from Norwegian Dawn and Star and MSC Armonia, Meraviglia, Seaside and Divina Cruise ships from Miami, Florida this morning.
The suspension of international flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic made the Department of Foreign Affairs through its Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs charter passenger planes.
Yesterday, 881 Filipino seafarers were repatriated from the United States of America.
In a statement released early Thursday afternoon, the DFA said the continuing repatriation effort is in coordination with the Department of Health, Department of Tourism, Department of Transportation, Bureau of Immigration, Bureau of Quarantine, Manila International Airport Authority and local manning agencies in pursuit of the whole-of-nation approach in helping the stranded seafarers.
The 900 seafarers were welcomed by representatives from different government agencies and three nurses from the Department of Foreign Affairs.
The repatriated seafarers will undergo the mandatory quarantine as precautionary measure before their trips to their respective homes. (Melo M. Acuña)