PH quarantine facility enough for returning OFWs – OWWA
Marje Pelayo • January 16, 2021 • 325
MANILA, Philippines – An average of 1,500 to 2,500 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) return to the Philippines every single day.
According to Overseas Workers Welfare Administrator (OWWA) Hans Leo Cacdac, there are currently about 6,000 OFWs serving 14-day mandatory quarantine in designated hotels in the country.
This number is on top of around 3,000 OFWs who returned from the countries covered by the current travel ban imposed by the Philippines.
“So mga 9,000 ngayon mga OFW sa hotels natin. Kakayanin naman so far. Managed naman ito between OWWA, Coast Guard, at saka ng Bureau of Quarantine yung pananatili ng mga OFWs doon,” Cacdac said.
The official said so far, all designated quarantine facilities can still hold returning OFWs since previous occupants are leaving once their quarantine is served.
The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has not yet included the United Arab Emirates (UAE) into the country’s travel ban list and OWWA is expecting a surge in OFWs in quarantine facilities.
“Medyo malaki ang madaragdag pero kakayanin naman ito,” Cacdac said.
“Meron kaming isa pa doon sa technical working group ng IATF noong isang araw na may two weeks na pagmamanman ng sitwasyon. So hopefully after the two-week period makapagbigay ulit tayo ng assessment,” he added.
Aside from the UAE, OWWA expressed concern once Saudi Arabia is included in the travel ban considering that it has the largest population of overseas Filipinos. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported 53 new cases of confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection among overseas Filipinos as of Tuesday (February 2).
Also, 35 new recoveries in Asia and the Pacific and Europe.
This means to date, the number of COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad is at 14,016 and the number of recoveries is at 8,954.
No new fatality was reported, keeping the number of COVID-19 deaths among overseas Filipinos at 952 .
Meanwhile, the DFA said a total of 8,954 Filipinos are still undergoing treatment in different health facilities across the globe.
The Middle East and Africa remains to be the region with the most number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, recoveries, under treatment, and fatalities among Filipino nationals, the DFA said.
On the other hand, the Americas continue to record the least numbers in all categories compared to other geographic regions, except in the total number of deaths wherein Asia and the Pacific ranks lowest with a total of only 21.
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