Nearly 24,000 OFWs set to go home after quarantine and negative test results

Nearly 24,000 OFWs who have undergone the mandatory quarantine and tested negative will be sent home as announced by Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III on Sunday, May 24, 2020.

From the directives of President Rodrigo Duterte’s commitment to the safe return of OFWs to their families, as arranged by the Philippine government, the team of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) have arranged in the next three days (May 25 – 27) for daily trips for 8,000 OFWs via the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) and the NAIA Terminal.

The OFWs need to present their quarantine passes from the Bureau of Quarantine or from the PCG’s negative list from COVID-19 to qualify in the return program.

OFWs return back to the Philippines through continued repatriation efforts of the government. May 11, 2020 photo from the DFA-OUMWA

Starting on May 25, 2020 (Monday), bus trips to Bicol, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, CAR, and Central Luzon will be made available while flights to Cagayan de Oro, Tacloban, Bacolod, Davao, Cebu, Ilo-ilo and Zamboanga will be arranged for flights until Wednesday.

More bus rides and flights will be made available for the OFWs. A One-Stop-Shop will be located in the bus and flight sites to ensure the speedy arrangements for this program.

This 3-day OFW Return Program is provided by President Rodrigo Duterte to ensure the safe return of those repatriated OFWs under mandatory quarantine to their families and loved ones amid the Covid-19.

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