MAGSAYSAY would like to advise on important updates on the situation board the Diamond Princess.
Princess Cruises continues to work closely and cooperatively with the Japanese Ministry of Health to care for the guests and crew members quarantined on board Diamond Princess due to a Coronavirus outbreak. Public health authorities have disembarked 61 people to local hospitals for medical care. One Filipino crew member is included in the 61 persons.
It has been confirmed that the quarantine will end on 19 February 2020.
Princess has implemented measures to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone on board, including limited movement inside the vessel, minimum interaction between people, new safety procedures, provision of protective equipment as well as unlimited Internet access to allow guests and crew to communicate with their family and loved ones,
Magsaysay has kept close contact and communication with the families of crew members to keep them updated on their loved ones.
The safety and well-being of our crew on board the Diamond Princess is the utmost priority of both Princess and Magsaysay.
Emergency Response Teams have been activated by Princess involving global and Japanese authorities to ensure the best care for those affected, as well as precautionary measures to ensure that the passengers and crew on board are cared for and remain well.
Magsaysay has been working in close contact with the Department of Health, the Department of Labor, the POEA, OWWA, and the Philippine Embassy in Japan to ensure that all our Filipino seafarers working on board the ship are protected from harm.
In addition, we are complying with the Philippine government guidelines which include no transits through China, Hong Kong, and Macau when joining and returning from ships, mandatory quarantine for any crew member who returns home from these areas. We also conduct comprehensive briefings on precautionary measures.
The priority of both Princess and Magsaysay is to be proactively in front of this global response as it evolves.