More Overseas Filipinos return home from Clark after mandatory quarantine

Photo from BCDA

Clark City — Due to travel restrictions, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that were stranded in Clark arrived home in Northern Mindanao last Saturday, May 9.

21 OFWs arrived home through a Philippine Airlines’ sweeper flight to Cagayan de Oro which was made possible through the joint efforts of Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), Clark Development Corporation (CDC), Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC), the Department of Tourism – Region 3 and Region 10, and the local government units in Northern Mindanao.

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) earlier stranded in Clark due to travel restrictions have arrived home in Northern Mindanao on Saturday, May 9. Photo from BCDA

Having tested negative of COVID-19 based on the Philippine Red Cross’ real-time time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing results permitted them to be released—also receiving certifications of quarantine completion from the Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Quarantine, and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

During their stay in Clark, they were provided free lodging at The Mansion Hotel, free meals and internet connection, and medical assistance.

Earlier in the week on May 4, 42 residents of Davao were able to return home through a chartered flight arranged by their local government.

As of May 9, 121 individuals are staying for free at The Mansion Hotel in Clark as part of the efforts of BCDA, CDC, and CIAC to provide assistance to stranded passengers, especially returning OFWs.

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