June 18, 2021

Covid-19 vaccinations are available in Manila for OFWs

Even though they are not residents, all overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) departing for assignments abroad are invited to receive Covid-19 vaccination injections in Manila.

Seafarers and other OFWs slated to deploy within the next four months, according to the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19, may be accommodated.

Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso praised the national government for entrusting the city with the inoculation during a symbolic vaccination for sailors on Thursday at the Palacio de Maynila in Malate.

“Nagpapasalamat kami dito sa lungsod ng Maynila na dito kayo babakunahan ngayon bibiyahe kayo. Malugod namin kayong tinatanggap at (Now that you’re on the road, we appreciate the fact that you’re getting your vaccinations in the city.) In his address, Domagoso informed the sailors, “We welcome you and we are proud of you.”

The Magsaysay Maritime Corporation’s 1,200 sailors were vaccinated.

An estimated 30,000 sailors will get vaccinated within the month, according to the Association of Marine Officers and Seamen of the Philippines.

“They say the Norwegians are excellent shipbuilders, the British are superb navigators, but the Filipino crew is the finest in the world. We are delighted to be of assistance. “I appreciate your faith in Manila,” Domagoso replied in Filipino.

The ceremony was attended by Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Senator Joel Villanueva, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr., OWWA head Hans Cacdac, and NTF deputy chief implementer Vince Dizon.

According to Bello, the worldwide marine sector employs approximately 400,000 Filipino sailors.

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