The 296 Filipino seamen onboard Costa Concordia are now considered safe, accounted for, and due for repatriation.
They are now being moved to Hilton Rome Airport Hotel for their eventual repatriation.
The Philippine Embassy is issuing them Travel Documents onsite at the hotel to facilitate their repatriation to the Philippines. All Travel Documents, including the photographs of said Filipinos, are processed free of charge.
The cruise company, Costa Crociere S.p.A., shall shoulder their hotel stay and repatriation which will start on Wednesday, 18 January 2012.
“However, our kababayans are still in need of basic clothing, toiletries, and bags, including snacks and water, for their travel back to the Philippines. All they have are the clothes and little possession they were wearing when they were rescued from the Costa Concordia. The Embassy appreciates the concern expressed by the Filipino community and organizations in Rome and welcomes any form of assistance which they can give directly to our affected kababayans at the Hilton Rome Airport Hotel, prior to their departure”. (Philippine Embassy Rome)