Two Filipinos trafficked into Iraq back in PH – DFA

Robie de Guzman   •   January 17, 2020   •   548

DFA-OUMWA welcomes home two more Filipinos from Baghdad, Iraq. Both are victims of human trafficking. The Philippine government shouldered their airfare and exit visa. Fifteen Filipinos have been brought home since mandatory repatriation of Filipinos in Iraq was declared on January 8, 2020.

MANILA, Philippines – Two Filipino women who were trafficked into Iraq have returned to the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday.

In a statement, the DFA said the two females who repatriated from Baghdad, Iraq arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Friday afternoon.

Department representatives welcomed the two repatriates who were both victims of human trafficking.

The DFA said a total of 15 Filipinos have been brought home since the government ordered for mandatory repatriation of Filipino workers in Iraq last January 8.

The mandatory evacuation order was triggered by the hoisting of alert level 4 due to the security threats in the Middle East.

The alert level for Filipinos in Iraq was raised after Iran launched a series of ballistic missile attacks on Iraq’s bases, where US forces were located.

Iran’s firing of rockets was in retaliation for the death of top military general Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US drone strike in Baghdad last January 3.

On the same day, more than 170 passengers were killed after Iran shot down a Ukrainian plane while on alert after its missile attack against US forces.

2 more Filipinos tested positive for COVID-19 in South Korea

Marje Pelayo   •   April 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), through the Philippine Embassy in Seoul, confirms two more Filipino nationals have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number to three.

The first Filipino COVID-19 case was confirmed on March 20 while the two new cases, who are family members of the first patient, were confirmed positive for the disease on April 1.

They were tested twice for the disease with their second test yielding positive results.

They are now confined in isolation.

The Embassy assures close coordination with the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) and local health authorities and stands ready to provide assistance to the COVID-19 positive Filipino nationals as needed.

South Korea ranks 15th among countries in the world with the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection, based on the latest data from the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center.

The three Filipinos are now among the 9,976 COVID-19 cases in South Korea.

As of this posting, the number of fatality in the country is at 169 while 5,828 others have recovered.

PH repatriates 123 Filipino sailors from Spain amid COVID-19 threat

Robie de Guzman   •   April 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has repatriated a total of 123 Filipino seafarers from Spain amid the threat of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The DFA said the repatriates arrived in Manila on Thursday, April 2.

The group is composed of 64 crew members of Marella Celebration and 59 staff of MV World Odyssey.

They are the fourth batch of Filipino sailors to be repatriated by the Philippine government in coordination with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, other government offices and local manning agencies.

The DFA earlier welcomed home 454 crew from Norwegian Dawn and Star and another 446 crew members of Armonia, Meraviglia, Seaside and Divina cruise ships from Miami, Florida.

Another 79 seafarers from Carnival Pride, Carnival Panorama, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Breeze, and MS World Odyssey were also repatriated.

The DFA said all repatriated seafarers will undergo a mandatory 14-day facility-based quarantine monitored by the Department of Health and the Bureau of Quarantine.

900 repatriated Filipino cruise ship members from Miami, Florida back in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   April 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 900 Filipino seafarers from various cruise ships in Miami, Florida have arrived in Manila on Thursday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

In a statement, the DFA said the Filipino sailors were repatriated from the Norwegian Dawn and Star, and MSC Armonia, Meraviglia, Seaside, and Divina Cruise ships.

The group was brought home through chartered flights facilitated by the DFA through the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., and the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Affairs.

This is the latest batch of repatriated Filipino seafarers as novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to threaten ships across the globe.

On Wednesday, 881 Filipino sailors were repatriated from other cruise ships in the United States.

“The continuing repatriation effort is in coordination with other government agencies including the DOH, DOT, DoTr, BI, BOQ, MIAA, and the local manning agencies as part of the whole-of-nation approach in helping our stranded Filipino seafarers,” the DFA said.

The department said that all repatriated seafarers will undergo mandatory quarantine as a precautionary measure before their eventual travel back to their respective homes.


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