Misamis Occidental Governor Philip Tan and Ozamiz City Mayor Sancho Fernando Oaminal have both agreed not to allow five (5) repatriated seafarers onboard a 2GO vessel from Manila to disembark at Ozamiz Port tomorrow, April 28.

In his Facebook post, Governor Tan said they were not informed of their arrival and they only knew it when they had to confirm the information they received. Aside from it had no clearance from the provincial government and the local government units of Ozamis, Sinacaban, Jimenez, and Plaridel, they also had no info as to the health records and status of the seafarers. Accordingly, the ship will be carrying a total 328 seafarers from Manila, 5 of them will disembark in Ozamis City.

The Provincial Government will however send money to the 5 seafarers thru their relatives to help them survive and will have them repatriated but through another process for the safety of Misamisnons.

UPDATE: Gov. Tan clarified that his stance is based on guidelines (see below).

However, in a related Facebook post by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), the seafarers were reportedly selected and processed by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), with the guidance of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), in cooperation with the PPA and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

Further, 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.

Accordingly, the drop-off ports of M/V St. Michael the Archangel under the Balik-Probinsya program include Manila, Cebu, Dumaguete, Ozamiz, Iligan, and Zamboanga.

Another batch of seafarers were also scheduled to leave late afternoon today, Monday, onboard M/V St. Leo the Great, also of 2GO, bound for Iloilo-Bacolod-Cagayan de Oro

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