BY ALEX DADAMU
Local Students who have recently arrived from Manila, Philippines, has expressed appreciation to the government and agencies involved for their tireless efforts making it possible for them to come home safely.
The students when speaking to Sunday Isles, expressed gratitude stating that it’s not an easy task to dialogue with a country like Philippines with whom Solomon Islands does not have diplomatic relations with to repatriation all the Solomon Islands Students.
Speaking on behalf of the students, Victor Bobby made special mention to two individuals who unselfishly gave their time and efforts in ensuring everyone arrive home safely.
“We thank you Solomon Islands Philippines Students Association President (SIPSA) President, Aurthur Mola and Secretary William Ruriti for your tireless effort in ensuring everyone arrive home safely.
“On behalf of myself and other brothers and sisters who arrived home on the 12 December repatriation flight, we would like to say thank you very much to you, Aurthur and William because it’s the two you that work very hard to ensure that everyone arrive back home safely.
“To follow up on important documents required for travelling during this COVID-19 pandemic is no easy task but you took the risk to ensure every travel documents of every students is all set – We salute you,” the Students Spokesperson, Victor Bobby expressed.
Bobby also expressed appreciation to the government and the oversight committee for approving the repatriation flights.
“We understand that its not an easy task to arrange such flights and we thank the Solomon Islands Government and the COVID-19 Oversight Committee to approve the repatriation flights allowing us to return home.
“We hope to work together with government, the oversight committee and the frontline health workers to keep the country safe,” the Students Spokesperson said.
The students in the meantime, said they arrived and saw the hard work of frontliners in ensuring everyone must follow required protocols, “Thank you very much for a job well done, we salute you!”
“Lastly, to our Families and friends, thank you for your continuous encouragement and your support in prayers when we are still in Philippines and now we have arrived safely home – thank you very much for you prayers.” Bobby expressed on behalf of the students.
Sunday Isles understands more repatriation flights is arrange for January, 2020 but the timing of these flights is aligned to the availability of quarantine beds at the approved quarantine stations.