A top official from the Philippine Embassy in China revealed that some 100 Filipinos in China are currently stranded in their ships. The Chinese government prevents them from leaving their vessels for fear of importing Covid-19 cases.
The stranded Filipinos, according to Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sta. Romana, are mostly seafarers who lost their jobs due to the pandemic and are seeking repatriation.
“They are off ports of China. Kasi nag-iingat ang China against imported cases. At saka ang patakaran dito ay huwag pababain sa barko ang mga nag-iintay na dayuhang seaman,” he said.
He added that the consulates are now preparing for the evacuation flight, expecting them to be brought back to the Philippines in mid-November at the latest.
Meanwhile, Sta. Romana also said that the Department of Labor and Employment is arranging two chartered flights for around 300 Filipinos who are currently stranded in Manila and want to go back to their jobs in China.