The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) continued to assist overseas Filipinos, welcoming 125 Filipino crew members of Costa Atlantica cruise ship docked in Nagasaki, Japan, with permission from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) Sub-Task Group for the Repatriation of OFWs.
Upon arrival on May 5 at the NAIA Terminal 2, the repatriates underwent COVID-19 rapid testing and processing through the government’s One-Stop-Shop. They will undergo stringent facility-based quarantine at a government-approved facility for 14 days.
Repatriation was made possible through the efforts of the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo, Philippine Consulate General in Osaka, DFA-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs, DFA-Office of Asia and Pacific Affairs and local manning agency, Magsaysay Maritime Corporation.
The DFA, together with the Philippine Embassies and Consulates General across the globe, stands ready to provide assistance to distressed Filipinos abroad and will continue to work with partners in government and the private sector to ensure the safe return of overseas Filipinos affected by COVID-19.
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