The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said a total of 40 stranded Filipinos were recently brought home from North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
The repatriation, DFA said was made possible through the efforts of the Philippine Consulate General in Menado, in coordination with the Philippine embassy in Jakarta and the DFA Consular Office (CO) in General Santos.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) vessel “BRP Tubbataha” (MRRV-4401) fetched the repatriates from Menado on October 15 after they were given diplomatic clearance by the Indonesian government. The vessel docked at the Port of General Santos on October 17.
In compliance with health protocols implemented by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), they underwent reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests, and another round of mandatory RT-PCR testing and 14-day quarantine in designated facilities before being cleared to return to their families.