SHIPPING and logistics company, 2GO Group Inc., bid bon voyage to two batches of seafarers who completed their 14-day mandatory quarantine in Manila. Around 500 stranded seafarers were repatriated back to their home provinces in Visayas and Mindanao. This is in line with the government’s Balik-Probinsya Program.
The seafarers departed on April 26 and 27 onboard 2GO’s M/V St. Michael the Archangel and M/V St. Leo the Great. The former vessel sailed for Cebu, Dumaguete, Ozamiz, Iligan, and Zamboanga; while the latter sailed for Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, and Bacolod.
“It is our privilege to be able to reunite our modern-day heroes with their families and loved ones by bringing them home,” said Mr. Dan Fernan, 2GO Head of Shipping.
According to Fernan, the transport of quarantined and stranded seafarers is a result of a series of discussion and meetings with the IATF Sub-Task Group on Repatriation of Overseas Filipino Workers. The Sub-Task Group is chaired by the Department of Transportation and co-chaired by the Overseas Workers Welfare Association. The group is participated by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ), and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).
“2GO worked in close coordination with MARINA, PCG, and manning agencies of the seafarers to ensure the safety and well-being of the seafarers and the general public,” he explained.
The Balik Probinsya program with 2GO covers 12 destinations namely Caticlan, Cebu, Coron, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa, Bacolod, Dumaguete, Cagayan De Oro, Butuan, Iligan, Ozamis, and Zamboanga.
“Seeing more of our fellow Filipinos return to their homes inspires and motivates us to continue with our duty,” Fernan added.
2GO also ferried stranded foreign tourists from Coron and Puerto Princesa, Palawan last week in coordination with Maritime Industry Authority’s (MARINA) and the Department of Tourism.