BY ALEX DADAMU
THE COVID-19 oversight committee on Friday 14 August has approved three (3) flights which is on 15th September, 18th September and 22nd October respectively – purposely to repatriate Solomon Islands students studying in the Philippines.
This was according to the Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD), James Bosamata when speaking at a COVID-19 update talk back show held on Sunday 16th August 2020.
Bosamata revealed that currently, all important information required from each students in the Philippines to allow a safe and smooth repatriation exercise has already been acquired by the taskforce responsible for the repatriation.
“A very important preparation is for the students to go through COVID testing before they board the flight home.
“Health protocols must be followed when they board the flights in the Philippines and when they arrive here so that in whatever circumstance, the nation is safe and protected from COVID-19,” Bosamata expressed.
The Education Deputy Secretary further revealed that Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET), Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD), and the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) are working hard in preparation towards the repatriation flights.
“Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry Education and the Ministry of Health and Medical Services are working hard to prepare for the repatriation flights so that when the students are repatriated, we do it in a way that the country is safe and protected against COVID-19,” Bosamata said.
Meanwhile, according to the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET) Collin Beck, the government has also allowed an APTC Funded repatriation flight to Apia, Samoa to repatriate Solomon Islands nationals there who are mostly APTC students.
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs failed to mention the date of the repatriation flight but according to a report by SBM News, Dr. Jimmy Rodgers has revealed that the Samoa Repatriation Flight will be on August 23.