Nueva Ecija appeals to OWWA for better system on returning OFWs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 28, 2020   •   1192

The Nueva Ecija Provincial Government has appealed to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to have a better system on returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Atty. OJ Cornejo, officer-in-charge of the Provincial Assessor’s Office, said it has become a challenge for the provincial government to verify if the returning OFWs are negative of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

He said the OFWs do not have sufficient documents to prove that they have tested negative for COVID-19.

“Nag-message po ulit sila Sunday night na may uuwing dalawa pero wala pa iyong documents. Hindi pa nila pinapadala so hindi po ma-approve. We need to see po muna iyong negative result ng test and iyong quarantine certificate na nag-undergo na talaga quarantine iyong OFW (They sent a message Sunday night that two OFWs are returning but they have no documents yet. They haven’t sent it yet so it wasn’t approved. We first need to see the negative result of the test and the certificate that they underwent quarantine),” he said.

Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio Umali said they need a more accurate list from OWWA so that they will be able to implement the proper safety protocols for returning OFWs.

“For instance pupunta pala ng Aurora pero Nueva Ecija ang nakalagay, so importante na makuha natin ang tamang listahan so that ang ating mga mayors, LGUs, will be able to prepare sa ating returning OFWs (For instance, they are going to Aurora but the document says Nueva Ecija. So it’s important for us to get the right list so that our mayors, LGU, will be able to prepare for our returning OFWs),” he said.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) previously reported that 24,000 OFWs will be returning to the country in the coming days and around 40,000 by next month. AAC (with reports from Danny Munar)

Quarantine period para sa mga OFW, pinag-aaralang paikliin sa 5-7 araw – Malakanyang

Robie de Guzman   •   October 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Pinag-aaralan na ng pamahalaan ang posibleng pagpapaikli sa ipinatutupad na quarantine period para sa mga umuuwing overseas Filipino workers (OFW) na bakunado na kontra COVID-19.

“Pinag-uusapan na po namin sa IATF, in fact, pina-finalize lang po namin ito na maging five to seven days na lang ang quarantine period sa mga vaccinated po,” ani Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año sa kanyang ulat kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte noong Huwebes.

Sa kasalukuyan, ang mga international passenger na galing sa green countries at fully vaccinated na ay sumasailalim na lamang sa 7-day facility based quarantine at 3-day home-based quarantine pagdating ng mga ito sa bansa.

Ang green list ay kinabibilangan ng mga bansang itinuturing na low-risk sa COVID-19 batay sa incidence rate at case count.

Ang yellow list naman ay moderate risk habang ang nasa red list ay itinuturing na high risk.

Sa ngayon, ang British Overseas Territory na Bermuda lang ang nasa red list habang 49 bansa naman ang nasa green list.

Ang mga tinatawag na green countries ay ang mga sumusunod:

  • American Samoa
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cameroon
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chad
  • China (mainland)
  • Comoros
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
  • Hungary, Madagascar
  • Mali
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Niger
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Palau
  • Poland
  • Saba (Special Municipality of the Kingdom of Netherlands)
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sint Eustatius
  • Taiwan
  • Algeria
  • Bhutan
  • Cook Islands
  • Eritrea
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Nauru
  • Nicaragua
  • Niue
  • North Korea
  • Saint Helena
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Yemen

Nasa yellow list naman ang mga bansang hindi nabanggit sa mga nasabing kategorya.

Ang updated list ng territories ay epektibo mula Oktubre 1 hanggang 15.

DFA welcomes arrival of 323 repatriated Filipinos from Abu Dhabi 

Maris Federez   •   August 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The government has welcomed 323 Filipinos that flew in from the United Arab Emirates, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

A fifth DFA-chartered repatriation flight from the UAE for the month of August, and the twelfth from the UAE since June 2021 carrying the 323 Filipinos landed at the Davao International Airport on Wednesday (August 25).

This brings the total of repatriated Filipinos from the country to 5,041 since the start of the pandemic in February 2020.

In a statement, the DFA said that as part of health and safety protocols, all repatriates were tested and have yielded negative results in the RT-PCR COVID-19 test at least 48 hours prior to their departure from the UAE.

The repatriates will also undergo stringent, facility-based quarantine provided by the Philippine government, it added.

The DFA said the newly arrived also received USD 200 as reintegration assistance.

DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Sarah Lou Y. Arriola expressed the department’s gratitude to its partners for their support of the government’s repatriation efforts.

“We are ever thankful to all our partners from the local government and agencies, our foreign service posts, host governments, as well as our people who work tirelessly and have been extra generous with their time in ensuring that our repatriations are successful. Again, we reiterate our readiness to assist all our distressed kababayans who want to go home,” Arriola said.

Hong Kong to allow vaccinated OFWs starting August 30

Marje Pelayo   •   August 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino workers who have been vaccinated in the Philippines will be allowed to enter Hong Kong starting next week upon presentation of vaccination certificates issued by the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Sunday.

“The HK government has already agreed to let overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who received COVID vaccines in the country to come and work starting August 30, provided they can present validated covid vaccine certificates issued by the BOQ,” DOLE said in a statement.

This latest development is set to benefit 3,000 OFWs who are awaiting deployment to HK, the agency added.

Once they arrive in Hong Kong, they will undergo quarantine in specific hotels but the expenses will be shouldered by their respective employers.

The Hong Kong government is also coordinating with partner hotels to arrange quarantine accommodations for OFWs.

Filipino workers recently had issues with their employment in Hong Kong after its government refused to allow entry to Filipinos due to varying vaccination certificates issued by their respective local governments.

As requested by the Hong Kong government, the BOQ provided a draft vaccination certificate bearing the holder’s passport details.

Pending inclusion of that detail in the yellow card, the Hong Kong immigration will honor the vaccination certificates issued by the BOQ for incoming OFWs to Hong Kong.

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