THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) hit the 20,000 mark in number of repatriated Filipinos it had facilitated with the arrival of 1,296 Filipino workers.
Two chartered flights from London arrived Saturday with 610 seafarers of the MV Queen Mary 2.
The crew were met by officials of the DFA, Singa Ship Management Philippines, Inc., Career Philippines Ship Management Inc. and Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, the local manning agencies of the aforementioned Queen Mary 2.
The repatriation of this batch of seafarers was made possible with cooperation of the management of MV Mary Queen 2 and assistance of the Philippine Embassy in London.
At 8:25 pm also on Saturday, a total of 337 Costa Cruises crew members, composed of 241 crew of Costa Diadema, 47 crew of Costa Luminosa and 49 crew of Costa Smeralda were met by officials of the DFA and Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, the local manning agency of Costa Cruises.
The repatriation of this batch of seafarers was made possible with cooperation of the management of Costa Cruises and assistance of the Philippine Consulate General in Milan.
Another batch, with 13 Filipino seafarers of MSC Magnifica from Madrid, Spain also arrived in Manila. They were met by officials of the DFA and Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc., the local manning agency of MSC Magnifica, upon arrival at NAIA Terminal 1.
The repatriation of this batch of seafarers was made possible with cooperation of the management of MSC Magnifica and assistance of the Philippine Embassy in Madrid.
Officials of DFA also welcomed 336 Filipinos from Maldives, who were brought home via chartered Philippine Airlines flight PR8709, which landed at the NAIA Terminal 2 at 8:50 p.m.
This is the fourth repatriation flight that was fully funded by DFA’s Assistance-to-Nationals Fund.
It was a joint effort of the Philippine Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the Philippine Honorary Consulate in Malé, Maldives, the Filipino community in Maldives and DFA’s Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs.
“The DFA will not waver in its commitment to serve all distressed overseas Filipinos, especially as all nations endure this global COVID-19 outbreak. Our people here and abroad will make every possible effort to bring those who wish to come home and be reunited with their loved ones,” said Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Sarah Lou Y. Arriola.
Upon arrival, the repatriated Filipinos underwent the appropriate medical protocols as required by the Department of Health (DOH), including a RapidAntibody Testing for COVID-19.
Later, they were brought to the World Trade Center COVID Quarantine Facility, where they will complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine.