More sugarcane industry seasonal workers, also known as sacadas, returned to Antique yesterday, Lt. Com. Jansen Benjamin, Philippine Coast Guard-Negros Occidental head, said.
Ten batches of sacadas totaling 662, as of 5:30 p.m. yesterday, had left Negros Occidental for Antique on board Roll-on-Roll-off vessels via Dumangas, Iloilo, he said.
They are part of the 1,929 on the list of the Negros Occidental Inter-Agency Task Force granted certificates of acceptance by Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao, Neg. Occ. Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said Monday.
They are being sent back in batches to prevent overcrowding on RoRo vessels in compliance with the COVID-19 physical distancing rule, Benjamin said.
On their arrival at the Dumangas port in Iloilo, they are picked up by vehicles sent by the Antique provincial government, he said.
There are about 5,000 sugarcane seasonal workers from Antique in Negros Occidental, but only 1,900 have been listed by their employers, so far, Diaz said.
Meanwhile, a 2Go Malasakit Voyage bringing stranded Negrense overseas Filipino workers home that was set to arrive yesterday will arrive in Bacolod City at about 7 a.m. today, Benjamin said.
Of the 77 OFWs to be dropped off at the BREDCO port, 36 are from Bacolod City, and 41 from the towns and cities of Negros Occidental, he said.*
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