As reported by the department led by Arancha González Laya, the return to Spain of these 275 tourists has been carried out in a “complex operation” that has been preceded by an extensive operation in which the Spanish Embassy in the Philippines had been working ” with intensity “to facilitate the concentration of all passengers in Manila.
The direct efforts of the Embassy with the Philippine Ministry of Transport and the Coast Guard, explained Foreign Affairs, facilitated that they make available to Spain official ships for the night transfer of a total of 38 travelers from the islands of Siquijor, Dumaguete and Bohol to Zebu.
This last island was also facilitated by the arrival of 14 other Spaniards who were on the island of Malpascua, along with two Italians, who were joined by four other Spaniards from the island of Bantayan.
In this way, it was possible to organize a flight from Cebu to Manila with 130 passengers on board, as well as another flight from Siargao to Puerto Princesa to end in Manila with another 61 passengers, in addition to the 26 arriving from other points on the island. Luzon who went directly to the Manila International Airport.
The Spanish Embassy has obtained the relevant authorizations so that both the flights that have been picking up passengers between the islands and the plane that takes them to Madrid could operate “despite the severe restrictions in force in the country.”
Exteriors have indicated that throughout this process, individualized telephone and email follow-up has been carried out on each of the passengers until they reach the concentration point, whose accessibility has been guaranteed through a nominative document issued by the Spanish Consulate, from which A copy has been sent to each provincial office of the Philippine Ministry of Tourism.
Likewise, the Embassy has been in contact with ministers, governors and mayors of each of the islands where there were passengers to guarantee their mobility.
Before boarding the plane at Manila International Airport, masks were distributed for each passenger carried by the crew of the Iberia plane and the bars and restaurants run by Spanish in Manila offered a snack to passengers.
With this operation, which has been carried out through the European Civil Protection Mechanism, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation has already facilitated the return of some 600 Spaniards since the beginning of the quarantine in the Philippines, on March 15 .
A total of 94 Spanish tourists have expressed their willingness to stay in the Philippines for different reasons, while around 1,200 European citizens still trying to leave the country.