Arrival of Chinese cruise ship in Subic Bay now cancelled after local protests in Zambales

Jan. 27

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT ZONE (UPDATED) - as of 5:00PM, Genting's World Dream cruise ship will not dock in Subic Bay Freeport Zone and will return to Hong Kong instead.

Amid coronavirus danger, Subic Bay will continue the arrival of cruise ships at Subic Bay Freeport Zone's Alava Pier located in Waterfront Rd. Central Business District.

SBMA chief Wilma T. Eisma said that everyone should stay calm and take necessary precautions as many workers, locals, business people, locators are takes sobriety as another cruise ship is expected to dock on January 29.

The SBMA chief also said that the SBMA is open to suggestions from locals on how to address the nCov problem. "If you feel there is a need for the DOH to reverse its position, then we have to unify our call. We have to decide on this as a team," Atty. Eisma said.

Many residents, locals, locators are also worried about the danger of coronavirus, most of them are now wearing masks for their own protection against this deadly threat.

Eisma said the multi-layered safety protocol imposed by the Department of Health involved the quarantine of cruiseship passengers upon entry and exit at their last port of call in Hong Kong, during the trip to Manila when they were processed again by personnel of DOH-Bureau of Quarantine who were aboard the ship, and again when they arrived in Manila before they were allowed to disembark.

"The same procedure will be repeated in Subic where the passengers will be heavily guarded when they would be allowed to leave the ship," the SBMA chief added.

The SBMA chief said that they will continue to coordinate with concerned parties on how to respond to the dangerous threat of coronavirus.

According to reports, the Philippine government also halted easy visas for Chinese tourists to prevent the virus from spreading.

We strongly recommend everyone that can read this to wear masks or any item that can protect you against the dangerous threat of coronavirus when entering Subic Bay Freeport Zone.


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