Thu. Aug 5th, 2021

MANILA — The 440 Filipino crew members of the M/V Diamond Princess cruise ship will receive a certificate of completion of the 14-day mandatory quarantine from the Department of Health (DOH), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said Friday.

“This certificate will serve as an indication of your readiness to re-join your respective families and your community and possibly, resume employment,” OWWA chief Hans Leo Cacdac said in a statement.

Cacdac added that the certificate will be their guarantee to be able to avail of the financial and livelihood assistance to be provided by the government.

Each of them will be provided with PHP10,000 financial aid, transport allowance from Manila to their provinces, and PHP20,000 livelihood grant for seafarers who will decide to permanently stay in the Philippines.

He said these benefits will be given after the seafarers complete the quarantine period.

He, meanwhile, asked the OFWs to follow quarantine rules.

“As members of OWWA, we are concerned about your welfare and that of your families and your communities. We, therefore, urge you all to observe the house rules while at the Athletes Village in New Clark City, Capas, Tarlac. Your health and safety always come first,” Cacdac said.

He said the move aims to ensure that the repatriated Filipino crew of the MV Diamond Princess are free of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) to protect the health and welfare of their families and communities.

The Filipino crew members and passengers of the cruise ship arrived in the country in two chartered flights on Tuesday. (AIMIGO/

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