246 Filipino seafarers from the United Kingdom reached Philippine shores Saturday, bringing the total number of repatriated Filipinos to more than 11,300, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

The Pinoy seafarers aboard the cruise ship MS Ventura were among the 8,419 total seafarers who returned home.

Meanwhile, another 2,975 land-based Filipino workers have also been sent back home, bringing the total of repatriated Pinoys to 11,394.

Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Sarah Lou Arriola said the seafarers are required to undergo the set medical protocols as mandated by the Department of Health (DOH). They also have to undergo facility-based quarantine following the joint assessment of the DOH- Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) and the Bureau of International Health Cooperation (BIHC).

Furthermore, 265 more seafarers have also arrived in the country from the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States on Good Friday.  (RJ Espartinez)