51 distressed Filipino fishermen in Manado, Indonesia were repatriated via Philippine Air Force (PAF) C-130 aircraft. The repatriated Filipino fishermen were welcomed by Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) – Consular Office (CO) in General Santos at General Santos City International Airport amid COVID-19 crisis on July 17, 2020.
“The repatriation was made possible in cooperation with Philippine Consulate General in Manado and Philippine Embassy in Jakarta,” DFA said.
The repatriation of fishermen was conducted in accordance with guidelines on community quarantine set by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases.
“The 51 repatriates went through necessary health protocols upon arrival to ensure their safety, and that of the public. They will also undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing and 14-day quarantine which will be facilitated and strictly monitored by their respective local government units,” DFA said. “Of the 51 fishermen, 29 are natives of General Santos City, five from Davao City, eight from Davao Oriental, seven from Sarangani, and one each from South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat.”
The PAF aircraft also transported home 11 Indonesians previously stranded in the Philippines due to COVID-19 restrictions on domestic and international travel.