The second batch of repatriated seafarers are now onboard M/V St. Leo the Great of 2GO Travel which just left Manila North Harbor tonight and is expected to arrive in Cagayan de Oro in the next few days.

The vessel is carrying 281 seafarers bound for Aklan, Antique, Bacolod, Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Misamis Oriental and Negros Occidental.

Again, prior to boarding, the seafarers underwent a rapid antibody testing administered by the PCG and the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ), even if the seafarers have already completed the 14- day mandatory quarantine, in compliance with the stringent safety protocols imposed, to ensure the well-being of the general public.

The endeavor was made possible by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) issuance of Authority to Travel to each of the seafarers. The IATF-EID, together with its participating agencies and organizations, are united in one aspiration to help repatriated and distressed seafarers to travel to their respective hometowns and be reunited with their families.

The Balik-Probinsya is in line with the whole-of-government approach, ensuring safety and well-being of both land-based and sea-based OFWs.

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