By Betheena Unite
The two ships converted into quarantine facilities have started accepting repatriated Filipino seafarers and workers from South Korea, Indonesia, Qatar, and Taiwan, the Philippine Coast Guard said on April 15, Wednesday.
The 2Go ships converted into quarantine sites for returning Fiipinos became operational on April 14 with the arrival of 90 seafarers from South Korea, Indonesia, and Qatar.
“After the medical screening, the seafarers were provided with individual room accommodation where they shall complete the 14-day quarantine period,” the PCG said.
Moreover, a total of 48 repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Taiwan arrived Wednesday and were undergoing medical screening as of press time prior to accommodation to the quarantine ships later the day.
“The PCG, together with Department of Health and Bureau of Quarantine, ensures that all repatriated seafarers and OFWs are provided with sufficient food, supplies, and medical attention while serving their 14-day quarantine period inside the quarantine ships,” the organization furthered.
According to Adm. Joel Garcia, PCG commandant, 75 security personnel and 25 nurses have been deployed to manage the quarantine ships and provide medical assistance, food, and other necessities to the returning overseas workers.
Meanwhile, the PCG earlier conducted ferry missions to assist the Minister of Health – Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and the Philippine Army in transporting 95 Filipino repatriates from Sabah, Malaysia who were cleared after their 21-day quarantine period in Sibakel Island, Basilan.
The repatriates were safely ferried to Majini Pier in Zamboanga City and Tupay Wharf, Isabela City in Basilan.