Due to the enhanced community quarantine being implemented in Metro Manila, 200 passengers were left stranded at the Clark International Airport. The management of the airport decided to assist the passengers by giving them food and accommodation.
“Clark is a haven for returning OFWs,” says Bases Conversion and Development Authority, Clark Development Corp., Luzon International Premier Airport Development Corp., and Clark International Airport Corp.
To ensure the welfare and safety of these passengers amid the COVID-19 threat, BCDA, CDC, CIAC, and LIPAD have coordinated efforts to provide them with the necessary assistance, as the entirety of Luzon observes the enhanced community quarantine.
Starting on March 19, all stranded passengers, mostly Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) will receive free food and lodging.
“They will be housed in various locations in Clark,” says in a joint statement.
The passengers will be taken care of while they are still in Clark until the lockdowns will be lifted.
“We would also like to express our gratitude to the DOT (Department of Tourism), DOTr (Department of Transportation), DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government), OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration), DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development), Pampanga provincial government, Angeles and Mabalacat city governments, Pampanga Red Cross, and the Mabalacat City Tourism Council for working with us in assisting the passengers the past several days,” said in a statement.
For inbound and outbound international flights, the international airport will remain operational to serve passengers.
For international outbound flights, only OFWs, balikbayans, and foreign nationals will be allowed to leave, while inbound international passengers will be subjected to strict quarantine protocols.