After being quarantined for two weeks in Metro Manila, 22 Magsaysay seafarers arrived in Bacolod City last April 28, as part of the first batch of the Inter-Agency Task Force’s (IATF) “Balik Probinsya” program. However, in adherence to Bacolod’s protocol on receiving OFWs, the crew members were required to undergo another 14-day mandatory quarantine and must be tested negative for COVID-19 before they will be allowed to go home.
Realizing the tough situation our seafarers have gone and are going through, members of the Magsaysay Peoples Club in Bacolod City have decided to pay it forward by providing them meals and assistance. On May 4, the wives club — composed of mothers and wives of Magsaysay crew members—, along with former Magsaysay seafarers, volunteered to facilitate the distribution of home-cooked meals and water to the hotel where the crew were billeted. The team continued to support and assist the seafarers during their quarantine period by providing them their essential needs such as food, water, medicine, and others.
Through Facebook posts and personal messages, the quarantined seafarers expressed their sincerest gratitude and appreciation for the genuine care and concern of their Magsaysay family. “We truly appreciate your kindness, love, and support,” said one of the quarantined seafarers who worked under Princess cruises.
True to the Magsaysay corporate value of “We Care,” members of the Magsaysay family stand ready to help each other in these challenging times.