An appeal has been heard from Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. towards the local government units (LGU) to spare OFWs who recently returned to the country from taking more swab tests and quarantine.

“I ask the local government units to please not repeat the ordeal they are going through, have a little pity for our people,” says Locsin as he welcomes the 386 OFWs from Lebanon.

“I said you cannot blame the LGUs, but I think the LGUs have to rethink… they are being swabbed, they’re going to be quarantined, they’re going to be released when it’s negative, and when they go back, the LGU will demand they be swabbed again and they’d be quarantined in the LGU hotel. Does that make sense? Maawa naman sila,” Locsin added.

In the COVID-19 testing, a person will have to undergo thee swabs, one from the throat and one each for both sides of the nose. These testing procedures are shouldered by the OWWA or their agencies for seafarers.

According to Locsin, there was a time wherein a returning OFW had to be quarantined for 2 weeks in Manila and another 2 weeks when she arrived at the province.

135,290 Filipinos were already repatriated by the Philippine government since last February when the COVID-19 became a worldwide health crisis. It is expected that the DFA will repatriate more Filipinos as the pandemic weakens not just the health of people but the economy as well.

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