As Easter Sunday concluded, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) carried on with the repatriation of 208 seafarers from cruise ships Nautica, Norwegian Jade, and Seven Seas Voyager. They arrived at NAIA Terminal 1 at 2030H onboard Emirates Flight EK334 from Dubai. And with that batch, the Department of Foreign Affairs over 9,000 Filipinos. The overall number of Filipino repatriates stands now at more than 12,000.
A total of 124 out of the 208 crew members comprised the second batch from Norwegian Jade to be sent home as a result of grounded operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi coordinated the repatriation with the local manning agency C.F. Sharp.
The repatriates will undergo the 14-day home quarantine as required by the Bureau of Quarantine.
The DFA and its major partner agencies – the Department of Health (DOH), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) – continue to adopt a whole-of-government approach to help overseas Filipinos in distress.
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