Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) arriving in the country needs to undergo a COVID-19 testing and a 14-day quarantine to ensure that they are free from the disease that’s been taking a toll worldwide. However, it seems like there are still Filipinos who defy this procedure and escape quarantine facilities, exposing other Filipinos to the coronavirus.
According to the Philippine Coast Guard, some OFW returnees were able to escape from the quarantine facility and they later turned out positive for COVID-19.
Commodore Armand Balilo, the PCG spokesperson, confirms that after the OFWs escaped, they were found out to be positive of the coronavirus.
“May mga nakatakas sa mga hotel na ‘yan at ang masama nito, lumabas ang results na positive sila. Ngayon nandoon na sila sa bahay nila. Nakahalubilo ang pamilya, ‘yung community,” says Balilo.
The repatriated OFWs are already being searched by authorities and will be charged for their violation of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, a government’s move to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
“Iho-hold kungsakali eventually dahil may vina-violate sigurosiladitosa Heal as One protocol. May balakponasampahan ng kaso. Iimbestigahanponaminkungsino ‘yungmgakasabwatnitongtumakasna hotel personalities,”Balilo said.
OFWs must also be patient in waiting for the results of their COVID-19 testing as they are already working with the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) to release the results as early as possible, says Balilo.
According to PCG commandant Admiral Joel Garcia, there are currently 18,000 OFWs in Metro Manila who cannot return to their province as they are forbidden to enter their home provinces.
Furthermore, PCG admitted they are encountering delays with the processing of the swab samples coming from OFWs but those who will finish the quarantine period and will test negative of the coronavirus will receive certificates that they can present to their hometowns so they will be allowed entry.