The Philippines’ Department of Foreign announced it has breached the 16,000 mark of repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) as two consecutive flights carrying a total of 571 Filipino crew of Norwegian Breakaway were brought home from Orlando, Florida to Manila on April 20, 2020.
Implementing the stringent quarantine protocol, the repatriates underwent thorough health inspection by the Bureau of Quarantine upon disembarkation.
As certified by the Department of Health (DOH), the 571 OFWs will be subjected to 14-day facility-based quarantine.
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 the DFA Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (OUMWA) and its major partner agencies, DOH, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and Department of Transportation (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.