BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Fifty-five Korean national nationals have been repatriated on a chartered flight today from Cebu Pacific, a press release from the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol said.
The press release, furnished by Negros Occidental media liaison officer Ramil Estilo, further said that apart from the Korean Nationals that were repatriated through the efforts of their embassy, the chartered flight also has eight Taiwanese, nine Singaporeans and 12 Japanese from Negros Occidental and about 11 from Guimaras and Iloilo.
There are 107 foreign nationals still stranded in different towns and cities in the Negros Occidental excluding Bacolod City.
Recent data reveal those stranded as: 18 Americans, three Australians, four Austrians, five British, one Czech, one Dutch, one French, one Hungarian, one Japanese, one Slovakian, three Swedish, 14 Swiss, 23 Canadians and 29 Germans.
Sipalay City has the most number of stranded foreign tourists followed by San Carlos City.
The Department of Tourism, in an advisory, recently announced that they are no longer initiating flights for stranded tourists.
There are airlines staging commercial flights or groups doing private charters to move stranded tourists to international gateways.
Tourists may contact their respective embassies for such arrangements.
The Negros Occidental Tourism Division is presently monitoring the accommodation establishments temporarily closed and accommodating stranded tourists and is working closely with the local government units in the province and coordinating with the Department of Tourism online.