MANILA--More than 300 Filipino seafarers coming from ships docked in virus-hit Italy and Portugal returned to the Philippines Saturday afternoon, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.
The DFA said in a statement that 185 Filipino crew from MSC Splendida docked in Genoa, and 122 Filipino crew from MSC Fantasia docked in Lisbon arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 1:12 p.m.
The department said it was assisted by the Philippine Embassy in Lisbon, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Transmarine Carriers Inc., the workers' local manning agency.
The repatriated Filipino seafarers will undergo a mandatory 2-week quarantine to avoid possible infection of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). They will be monitored by the DOH and the Bureau of Quarantine, the DFA said.
More than 1,000 Filipino crew from cruise ships docked in Italy, Spain and the United States earlier returned home and were quarantined to avoid contamination of COVID-19, which has been wreaking havoc across the world since its first emergence in China last December.