By Ralph John Mijares
With reports from Edalyn Acta
ROXAS CITY—Twelve Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Capiz disembarked in Iloilo Port April 29.
These twelve were then escorted to their respective municipalities here in the vehicles and by the personnel of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, the Philippine National Police and the Provincial Health Office.
They are among the 175 OFWs from Panay Island and Guimaras.
Of the said number, 77 came from Iloilo province; 40, Iloilo City; 35, Aklan; 9, Antique; and 4, Guimaras.
These OFWs were stranded in Manila for almost two months due to the preventive measures against Corona Virus Disease 2019 (Covid-19).
On April 27, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council set guidelines on the arrival of OFWs in Region VI.
The Regional Task Force will provide transportation for repatriates in going to their city or municipal facility.
Local Government Units (LGUs) were advised to provide the quarantine facility for the OFWs while observing social distancing with supervision from the health officer concerned.
Being in contact with the visitors is being discouraged, per memo.
LGUs were advised to coordinate with competent LGUs and agencies concerned.
The OFWs must undergo mandatory 14-day facility-based quarantine during which their health status will be monitored. After the quarantine period, LGUs shall coordinate with RTF for testing the OFWs.