DFA to Bring Home Filipinos Aboard the MV Grand Princess
PASAY CITY 15 March 2020 – A total of 444 Filipinos (438 crew members and 6 passengers) of the MV Grand Princess docked in the Port of Oakland in California, USA are set to be repatriated by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on 15 March 2020 (14 March 2020 Pacific Time).
The Filipinos to be brought home are expected to arrive at the Haribon Hangar in Clark Airbase, Pampanga.
The repatriates underwent health screening upon disembarkation facilitated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Upon arrival, the group shall be immediately transported on chartered buses and shall be subjected to 14-day quarantine period at the Athletes' Village in New Clark City under the full medical attention of health professionals from the Department of Health (DOH).
Meanwhile, the 91 Filipino crew members volunteered to remain onboard the ship to comprise the Minimum Safe Manning and Minimum Operational Manning teams.
The DFA through the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco is finalizing details regarding the repatriation of the 444 Filipinos onboard the ship.
The repatriation preparations undertaken by the DFA include securing clearances and permits for disembarkation, as well as land transfer to the chartered plane.
The DFA ensured that the repatriates will be well taken care of from disembarkation until their safe arrival in the Philippines. END