C130 ferries Indonesians and repatriated OFWs

by Chari Santos

The Philippine Air Force C-130 aircraft transported Indonesian nationals from Davao City to Manado, Indonesia and Overseas Filipino Workers from Manado, Indonesia to General Santos City, Philippines on July 17, 2020.

56 stranded individuals (SIs) composing of  11 Indonesians and 45 Filipinos have returned to their respective countries.

This joint coordinated repatriation between Indonesia and the Philippines were made possible through the initiative of Consul General Dicky Fabrian of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Davao City, Consul General Oscar Orcine of the Consulate General of the Philippines in Manado-Indonesia, Lieutenant General Jose Faustino Jr., Chairman PHBC and RADM Heru Kusmanto, Commander Second Fleet Command Chairman IDBC.

Aboard the C-130 military aircraft with route Davao-Manado-General Santos City, Indonesians and Filipinos were successfully repatriated to Indonesia and the Philippines. Most of the Indonesians were in the custody of the Indonesian Consulate in Davao City while the Filipinos were at the Philippine Consulate in Manado. Since the route of the military aircraft comes from Davao City, they decided to send the stranded Indonesians first in route to Manado, then fetch stranded Filipinos at Manado City going back to the Philippines.

Prior to their departure, all individuals were tested for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as per standard operating procedure of health protocols before they could join the aircraft.

Indonesian stranded persons were composed of student nuns and seafarers whereas most of the stranded Filipinos are seafarers.

The repatriation was supposed to be implemented last June 3, 2020 but was postponed due some logistic matters.

Upon their arrival, they were informed about health protocols before boarding the land transportation provided by the government.

The Send-Off ceremony was held at the Philippine Airforce in Davao City and attended by Consul Henny Muliyani, diplomat of Indonesian Consulate, Commander Bambang Widodo, SE, MSi (Chief of Indonesian Liaison Officer TNI) and officers from Eastern Mindanao Command.

~Press release and photos courtesy of Indonesian Consulate General Davao and the Philippine Air Force Public Affairs Office

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