Improved health procedures leads to faster discharge time for recently arrived overseas Filipinos, 5 days maximum

Photo from BCDA

Just 72 hours after arriving back to the Philippines at Clark International Airport, repatriated overseas Filipinos were transported home on June 5.

Upon arrival at the Clark International Airport, all passengers were swabbed and provided with free accommodation in hotels within Clark and in the New Clark City Athletes’ Village. Their RT-PCR tests were quickly processed at the JB Lingad Memorial Hospital in San Fernando, Pampanga.

“Nakakatuwa na makakauwi na sa kanilang mga pamilya ang ating mga kababayan. Talagang siniguro namin na mapabilis ang pagproseso ng kanilang tests para hindi na sila maghintay ng matagal at alam naming sabik na silang umuwi,” said National Action Plan Against COVID-19 Deputy Chief Implementer Secretary Vince Dizon. Dizon is also the President and CEO of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA).

The OFWs were given health certificates by the Bureau of Quarantine which permit them to leave the quarantine hotels.

OFWs were given health certificates by the Bureau of Quarantine which permit them to leave the quarantine hotels. (Photo from BCDA)

OFWs bound for destinations within Luzon were transported via buses arranged by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and their respective local government units.

The National Task Force Against COVID-19 led by Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez, Jr. has committed to improve quarantine procedures, wherein inbound OFWs should stay in quarantine facilities for a maximum of five days.

This is in significant contrast with the situation the past few months wherein thousands of OFWs stayed for a prolonged period of time in quarantine.

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