(File photo courtesy of Lemuel Mante)

NARRA, Palawan — A Palaweño fisherman who survived a fishing mishap in January and rescued in Vietnam where he spent time during the pandemic lockdown was among the passengers in the first mercy flight to Palawan with Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) Thursday.

Lemuel Mante, Executive Assistant I of the Narra Mayor’s Office, confirmed Friday that Joseph Troyo, a 29-year-old fisher from Narra town, arrived at the Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPIA) and has finally made it back to his family.

“Andoon na siya sa bahay ng kapatid niya sa Purok Uliran, Barangay Panacan,” Mante said.

Troyo, who was said to be partially deaf and has limited comprehension, is on a 14-day strict home quarantine, according to Mante.

Troyo was rescued by Vietnamese maritime authorities at the Vūng Táu City, capital of Rįa-Vūng Táu province in southern Vietnam, on February 23 after his fishing vessel capsized. He went on a fishing trip at the West Philippine Sea (WPS) on January 20 with two other fishermen, Macario Bernal and Roger Badayos, who remained to be unaccounted.

Troyo arrived in Manila on April 18 through the coordination of Yagi Olaguera, the Philippine vice-consul to Vietnam. (With reports from Romar Miranda)


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is the news correspondent for Sofronio Española and Narra, Palawan. He also covers some agriculture stories. His interests are with food and technology.