Some 600 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who underwent quarantine in Clark, Pampanga, since the resumption of its international airport’s operations last June 5 have been sent home, the Palace said.

The repatriated OFWs came from the United Arab Emirates, Barbados and Vancouver, Canada, Palace spokesman Harry Roque, who attended the sending-off ceremony earlier today, said in a press briefing.

Three hundred thirty-seven Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship seafarers who arrived on June 6 from Barbados were sent home to their respective provinces via the “Hatid Probinsya para sa mga OFWs Program.”

Roque said the OFWs underwent quarantine procedures as usual, with free testing, hotel stay and transport to their respective provinces.

“Mayroon pong magbu-bus. Mayroon pong lilipad galing po sa Clark International Airport papuntang Cebu,” Roque said.

All received negative results from reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests.

Clark International Airport resumed its operations to accommodate more OFW arrivals last June 5. The government is bracing for more arrivals of repatriated workers this month.

Clark was among the airports identified to decongest OFW arrivals in Metro Manila.

In Manila on Tuesday, 284 seafarers of MV Nieuw Amsterdam and 118 Filipino crew members of MV Crystal Serenity were swabbed by the Philippine Coast Guard medical staff while aboard the BRP Malabrigo (MRRV-4402), which is docked at the Manila Bay Anchorage Area.

The seafarers and crew members will remain in isolation as they await the results of their RT-PCR tests. John Ezekiel J. Hirro and Jojo Mangahis