The PTC Group salutes all PTC Global Filipino professionals on air, land, and sea who amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, continue to put themselves on the line to keep the economy moving, transporting goods across borders to bring light to every home, medical care, and supplies to every patient, and food to every table.
Recognizing their service and the value of their work, the PTC Group undertook the daunting yet crucial job of bringing its Global Maritime Professionals (GMPs) home safely amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial batch of repatriated cruise personnel started arriving in Manila at the end of March and were warmly welcomed by MSC Philippines and representatives of the PTC Group.
To achieve this, PTC has been working closely with the cruise line companies and airlines to secure commercial flights and air charter arrangements. The company has also been in constant collaboration with various Philippine government agencies to ensure compliance with local quarantine policies and procedures: Department of Health and its Bureau of Quarantine; Department of Foreign Affairs both here and through the various Philippine embassies worldwide; Department of Transportation and the Maritime Industry Authority; Department of Labor and Employment through the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration; and the Department of Interior and Local Government through local government units within and outside of Metro Manila.
Upon their arrival, the repatriated GMPs underwent thorough mandatory inspection supervised by the BOQ and given health checks by PTC’s preferred partner Health Metrics, Inc. (HMI). Arriving seafarers were then brought to their DOH and BOQ approved accommodations where they spent their quarantine period under the medical supervision of HMI and followed a productivity and wellness program prepared by PTC.
The company likewise recognizes its very own frontliners from the Building Administration team, security personnel, and transportation and service team as well as, the doctors and nurses of Health Metrics Inc. (HMI), who look after the health and safety of the PTC community throughout the Enhanced Community Quarantine which has been in effect across Luzon since March 17.
The PTC Group recognizes the dignity, service, and sacrifice of all Global Filipino Professionals and frontliners and pray for their continued safety and good health as they look forward to returning to sea in the near future to move the world in more ways than one.