20 JANUARY 2021, MANILA--The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development-NCR (DSWD-NCR), aids about 58 Badjao-families currently stranded at the Manila North Harbor due to some changes in the existing COVID-19 health and safety protocol being implemented to include the no vax no ride policy.
The Badjaos also received cash assistance amounting to P5,000 per family from the DSWD-NCR to cover their tickets and other travel requirements in compliance with existing travel protocols of their LGU of destination. Sleeping kits including pillow, blanket sleeping mat, and malong were also provided by the agency to the mentioned stranded passengers.
The PPA also temporarily roofed the passengers in a fully furnished facility inside the terminal with provisions for food, goodies for children, and snacks.
PPA General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago said PPA is doing its best, together with other government agencies and the Manila City government, to manage the situation of the stranded individuals. This is also in compliance with the directive from the DOTr Secretary issued on Wednesday.
“We are committed to helping these stranded passengers until they safely return to their respective home provinces as Sec. Tugade already emphasized that returning home is an essential travel,” GM Santiago said.