WITH the continuing suspension of international flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has assisted 900 Filipino seafarers working in four cruise ships to go home from Florida.
The group arrived yesterday morning after their repatriation was facilitated by the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC and the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs.
They worked for the Norwegian Dawn and Star, and MSC Armonia, Meraviglia, Seaside and Divina Cruise ships.
On Wednesday, 881 Filipino seafarers were also repatriated using chartered flights from the USA.
The continuing repatriation effort is in coordination with other government agencies including the Department of Health, Department of Tourism, Department of Transportation, Bureau of Immigration, Bureau of Quarantine, Manila International Airport Authority, and the local manning agencies as part of the whole-of-nation approach in helping our stranded Filipino seafarers.
This is a testament to the Philippine government’s commitment in providing assistance in bringing home our Overseas Filipino Workers from every corner of the globe.
The 900 seafarers were welcomed by personnel from various government agencies including three nurses from the DFA.
All repatriated seafarers will undergo mandatory quarantine as precautionary measure before their eventual travel back to their respective homes.