Daily routine of an OFW on quarantine ship

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 23, 2020   •   674

Over 300 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) are aboard the two quarantine ships docked at Pier 15, Port Area, Manila.

According to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), they are OFWs from different countries who were repatriated due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Having to spend 14 days so close to home but still away from their love ones, one OFW assured that they will get through the quarantine period one zumba session at a time.

OFW blogger Pai TV documented how they keep themselves busy while under quarantine. They do zuzmba sessions while still adhering to social distancing protocols.

He also assured they are not paying for meals inside the quarantine ship. This is amid reports that OFWs aboard need to pay other fees including P180 for their daily meal.

The PCG also clarified that the said fee is shouldered by the manning/recruitment agencies and that the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will shoulder the said expenses if the manning/recruitment agencies refused to pay for it. AAC

OFW in Beirut calls for gov’t help after massive blast; 2 Filipinos reported dead

Marje Pelayo   •   August 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Traumatized by the recent twin explosions in Beirut, Lebanon, overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Glenda Viloria Padilla is calling on the Philippine government for help as she wants to return to her hometown as soon as possible. 

Padilla was able to capture through video recording the impact of the said explosion. 

“Sobrang lakas po halos lahat ng buong Beirut po yata nawasak (The explosion was so massive it practically tore down the entire Beirut),” Padilla said who is a native of La Union.

“Sa pangyayari po gusto na po naming umuwi kasi hindi na safe kasi mahirap na po (after what happened, we really want to leave and return home because it’s not safe here anymore),” she added.

She also shared some images of the damage the blast caused to her employer’s home.

Reports said two Filipinos died from the incident and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is closely coordinating with the Philippine Embassy in Beirut for updates.

The Embassy earlier issued an advisory calling affected Filipinos in the area to reach out to Embassy officials for assistance. MNP (with inputs from Toto Fabros)

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Solon proposes conversion of classrooms into quarantine facilities

Marje Pelayo   •   July 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Marikina lone district Representative Bayani Fernando proposes turning school classrooms into quarantine facilities for asymptomatic coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients. 

By doing so, Fernando believes, the spread of COVID-19 will be contained rather than let the positive patient stay at home where the risk of infecting other members of the family is high.

Fernando proposes one classroom, one asymptomatic patient. 

“I am proposing that asymptomatic individuals be quarantined in classrooms and the ratio would be 1:1 or one classroom, one COVID-19 positive person. In this way, we can prevent further transmission,” Fernando said in a statement.

“We have around one million classrooms across the country and these are located in the communities. I believe that most of our classrooms are equipped with electric fans especially in cities where COVID is prevalent,” he added.

The lawmaker said teachers can be the one in charge of food preparation for those in quarantine.

Meanwhile, the families can still visit but with necessary transmission barriers in place.

OFW groups satisfied with President’s SONA

Maris Federez   •   July 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Several groups of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) have expressed their gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte on his State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Around 300 Filipinos representing several groups of OFWs from different countries met online and simultaneously watched the President’s SONA.

They said the chief executive did not let them down as he urged Congress “to pass a law establishing the Department of Overseas Filipino solely on addressing the concerns of Filipinos abroad and their families.”

Last March, the lower House passed the creation of the Department of Filipino Overseas and Foreign Deployment. The Senate, on the other hand, is still hearing the bill.

In his SONA, the President reiterated his commitment of support to OFWs.

He called on the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and other agencies to allocate trainings and programs for OFWs.

With this, the United Filipino Global International thanked the president for his concern over them.

“The SONA speech of the president, I think we are very happy kasi alam naman po namin ang kaniyang intention. Ang kaniyang speech ay para talaga tumulong nang totoo na walang halong pamumulitiko,” said Gemma Sotto, chairperson of United Filipino Global International. — (from the report of Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf


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