POEA assures China, Covid-19 test results not fabricated

According to Olalia, the 29 Filipino crewmen underwent COVID-19 tests and produced negative results before they were deployed to China. “I assured them (Chinese embassy officials) there is no issue over integrity because the testing facilities accredited by the Department of Health don’t fabricate results,” he said.

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90 ships, 900 seafarers to divert to PH per month for crew change

“These numbers are subject to change, depending on the situation that may affect a ship’s arrival in Manila Bay,” a letter signed by International Mariners Management Association of Japan (IMMAJ) chairman Captain Koichi Akamine addressed to the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) read.

The letter also thanked the PPA for opening the Port of Capinpin, noting that the Philippines is one of the few countries in the world that remained open for crew changes.

“This time, you have opened another door by enabling us to use Bataan. We would again appreciate your understanding and cooperation as well as the time and efforts you dedicated to the shipping industry,” the IMMAJ said.

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