Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo banned the ships that sailed from China from docking and prohibited the crew to disembark at the City’s pier, Wednesday.

This decision was reached by Mayor Remollo to promote and preserve public health of the citizens, which was supported by the Philippine Ports Authority.

Instead, medical officers from the City Health Office and the Bureau of Quarantine including the health workers from the Integrated Provincial Health Office boarded the ship that sailed from Taizhou China to check on the 11-man crew’s health conditions after dropping anchor at the Dumaguete Bay, Wednesday.

City Health Officer Ma. Sarah B. Talla reports that the 11 crew members, all Filipino, showed no manifestation of signs and symptoms of fever, cough or colds.

Talla added that the crew left Manila for Shanghai on January 18, 2020 and arrived and presented themselves before the Chinese Immigration in Taizhou, China.

They immediately boarded and stayed in the ship identified as IMC-18 from January 19, 2020 until January 22, 2020 when they left the port of Taizhou for the Philippines.

The vessels, composed of a tugboat and two barges, arrived today February 5, 2020 and dropped anchor at the Dumaguete Bay.

According to the Bureau of Quarantine, the crew’s 14-day quarantine period began on January 22, 2020, when they left the port of Taizhou. Thus the 14th day is today, February 5, 2020. The quarantine ends tomorrow, February 6, 2020.

As soon as the documents for the conversion of the hitherto Chinese ships to vessels under the Philippine Flag, the entire crew will leave Dumaguete bay for their next destination as soon as possible.