As of April 19, the Department of Foreign Affairs has repatriated over 16,000 Filipinos as two consecutive flights carrying a total of 571 Filipino crew of Norwegian Breakaway in Orlando, Florida were brought home from the United States to Manila.
Implementing the stringent quarantine protocol, the repatriates underwent thorough health inspection by the Bureau of Quarantine upon disembarkation. Further, they will be subjected to 14-day facility based quarantine as certified to by the DOH.
With the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC and the local manning agency at the forefront, this batch of repatriation continues to reflect whole-of-government approach as DFA OUMWA and its major partner agencies, DOH, OWWA and DoTR, remain united towards bringing home distressed OFWs brought about by the COVID pandemic.
The Norwegian Cruise Lines paid for the chartered flights while the CF Sharp, the local manning agency of Norwegian Breakaway, provided land transportation to bring the repatriates to their assigned DOH-approved and inspected quarantine facilities. The repatriates will remain under close monitoring of their manning agency and DOH.
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