DavOr helps send 21 stranded foreigners home
May 24, 2020 - Sunday 6:05 PM by Ruth PaloLAST FLIGHT. Workers take advantage to clean the departure area hours before the last flight leaves the Davao International Airport on March 18, 2020. Davao City has ordered the cancellation of all domestic and international flights in the city starting March 19 as part of the efforts to help contain the spread of COVID-19. MANMAN DEJETO / MINDANEWS
DAVAO CITY — A total of 21 stranded foreign nationals and their families have been repatriated by the provincial government of Davao Oriental to their respective home countries since April 2020.
Davao Oriental Tourism Officer Miguel Trocio said the latest batch of stranded foreigners and their families were transported from the province to the Davao International Airport in Davao City on May 21 where they were endorsed to the Department of Tourism (DOT).
The DOT facilitated the flight of these foreign nationals to Manila and then back to their countries of origin.
Trocio said most of the foreigners were married to locals and were on vacation when they were stranded over a month ago since the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
Individuals who have been served by the province’s repatriation team have included Americans, Germans, Norwegians, and Australians
Trocio said the province follows a process which starts from a series of coordination with the DOT for the verification of flight details of the stranded person to ensure the smooth transport of the stranded foreigners.
He said aside from aiding the repatriation of foreign nationals, the provincial government is also providing vehicles to fetch Davao Oriental residents stranded in Davao City through OPLAN Sundo.
The operation of the said program is set to resume next week, he added.
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