DFA urges immediate repatriation of 21 Pinoy seafarers from India

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MV Evangelia M; abandoned seafarers at Kakinada port in India

PASAY CITY, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is putting more pressure on Evic Human Resources Management for the immediate repatriation of 21 Filipino seafarers abandoned at Kakinada port in India.

Philippine Vice Consul to India JB Santos together with an Indian Honorary Consul visited the 21 Filipinos to check on their situation.

They were abandoned by a Greek International Company over bankruptcy.

Since then, they suffered months without salary, with nothing to send their families in the Philippines.

Santos and his team explained to them the process that they have to go through before their repatriation.

Though the process may take about a month, the abandoned crew members are relieved as their case is now being processed.

The DFA also provided them with financial assistance at least for their personal needs while waiting to be repatriated.

“Nag bigay din ang DFA ng cash assistance na $100 dollars bawat crew.  At least may pantawag na kami ulit at pang-internet. Humingi din kami ng legal assistance para makuha yung unpaid wages at nangako naman si Vice Consul JB Santos na magagawa nila yun, na kukuha sila ng magaling na lawyer,” the ship’s captain, Alexander Apao said.

They expressed gratitude to those who continue to extend a helping hand despite their situation.

“Natuwa pa rin ang crew kahit matagalan pa kami ng konti at least may maliwanag na makakauwi kami. Malaki ang pasalamat ng crew sa DFA at na-aksyunan agad ang aming kalagayan dito at sa UNTV na laging nakatutok at maipaalam itong aming kalagayan,” Apao concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from JL Asayo)

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