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DFA said 58 Seafarers from California, Return back in Manila

Department of Foreign Affairs reported that 58 Filipino seafarers that are working in a cruise ship in California has arrived in Manila on Tuesday night.

Based on a statement from DFA, the crew members of the Panama-flagged Carnival Panorama has arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 at 9:52 p.m. also, they were the last batch of Filipino repatriates from the local manning agency United Philippine Lines.

They were facilitated by the crew members of the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C and the United Philippine Lines.

However, the DFA and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration provided assistance to the Filipinos that with arrived in the country.

In early March, the Carnival Panorama ship was docked in Long Beach in California when one of its passengers fell sick and it was suspected that it has coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection. Luckily, the passenger’s test has turned out to be negative.

According to the DFA, the seafarers underwent thorough mandatory inspection and quarantine protocols that were supervised by the Department of Health-Bureau of Quarantine before they are brought to their designated quarantine facilities.

The arrival of the 58 repatriates seafarers brings the total number of 1,045 Filipinos who had safely returned home to the country.

Recently, the DFA also welcomed 247 Filipino sailors from Germany. They were crew members of MS Amera and MS Amadea.

And 278 Filipino seafarers had returned home through DFA’s program.  

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