Since the resumption of vessel trips in 25 April 2020 intended only for the repatriated Filipinos composed of Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs) and Returning Residents (formerly called Locally Stranded Individuals) amid the COVID-19 pandemic under the government-initiated “Hatid-Tulong Program”, the ports under the jurisdiction of the Port Management Office of Misamis Oriental/Cagayan de Oro handled a total of 43,850 passengers composed of ROFs, Returning Residents, and Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) by the end of the previous year.

In close coordination with various concerned agencies: Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Health (DOH), Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and International Humanitarian Assistance and Inter-Government Relations Task Group chaired by the Department of Tourism (DOT), health and safety protocols are strictly implemented in ports. Inbound individuals were also assisted for their transportation going to their destinations in other provinces and regions.

In 2021, in view of the upcoming rehabilitation of the Passenger Terminal Building amenity in the Port of Cagayan de Oro, the PMO MO/C strives to keep the precautionary measures and health protocols in facilitating the seagoing public notwithstanding the expected changes in the operational flow, and passenger and vehicle flow in the subject area.