Filipinos planning to leave the country to work abroad will be given 72 hours to fly out, amid the community lockdown in Metro Manila.

According to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID), they will allow Filipino workers to go on with their international flights and leave the country within 72 hours. This is a change in the previous guideline which only allows foreigners to leave the country after the enhanced community quarantine placed in Luzon starting from March 17 until April 13.

“This is to inform everyone that during the IATF meeting held today, 17 March 2020, it was decided that all passengers, regardless of nationality, may depart from the country within the 72 hours, unless their flights have been canceled by the airlines or the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB),” says the Department of Transportation.

However, due to the travel ban implemented by the Hong Kong government so as with Macau and Mainland China, only OFWs who are exempted from it can leave the country.

On March 16, the Philippine President Rodrigo RoaDuterte imposed an enhanced community quarantine expanding from Metro Manila throughout the entire Luzon to avoid the spread of novel coronavirus that already claimed a couple of lives in the country.

Currently, there are 187 cases of COVID-19 in the country and 12 deaths were already declared.

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