PH quarantine facility enough for returning OFWs – OWWA
Marje Pelayo • January 16, 2021 • 517
MANILA, Philippines – An average of 1,500 to 2,500 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) return to the Philippines every single day.
According to Overseas Workers Welfare Administrator (OWWA) Hans Leo Cacdac, there are currently about 6,000 OFWs serving 14-day mandatory quarantine in designated hotels in the country.
This number is on top of around 3,000 OFWs who returned from the countries covered by the current travel ban imposed by the Philippines.
“So mga 9,000 ngayon mga OFW sa hotels natin. Kakayanin naman so far. Managed naman ito between OWWA, Coast Guard, at saka ng Bureau of Quarantine yung pananatili ng mga OFWs doon,” Cacdac said.
The official said so far, all designated quarantine facilities can still hold returning OFWs since previous occupants are leaving once their quarantine is served.
The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has not yet included the United Arab Emirates (UAE) into the country’s travel ban list and OWWA is expecting a surge in OFWs in quarantine facilities.
“Medyo malaki ang madaragdag pero kakayanin naman ito,” Cacdac said.
“Meron kaming isa pa doon sa technical working group ng IATF noong isang araw na may two weeks na pagmamanman ng sitwasyon. So hopefully after the two-week period makapagbigay ulit tayo ng assessment,” he added.
Aside from the UAE, OWWA expressed concern once Saudi Arabia is included in the travel ban considering that it has the largest population of overseas Filipinos. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday announced it has opened a new COVID-19 quarantine facility within Camp Crame to accommodate its personnel and their kin infected with the viral respiratory disease.
In a statement, PNP chief General Debold Sinas said the PNP General Hospital Extension has 96-bed capacity with 16-cubicle shower room and other amenities needed by the patients.
“This additional quarantine facility is the third accommodation installed inside Camp Crame, as the PNP Health Service continue to manage active cases COVID-19 infection among PNP personnel,” Sinas said.
“This initiative is still part of the organization’s Biosafety Plan, helping our personnel to have a place where they can stay without worrying about infecting their family members as well as the rent fee and their meal while in quarantine,” he added.
Sinas also said that the Kiangan Billeting Center and Taekwondo Gym have been converted into a COVID-19 quarantine facility with a 55-bed capacity.
As of April 27, 2021, the PNP Health Service said that the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the organization has reached 19,850 with 1,809 active cases.
It also reported 176 new recoveries, bringing the total number of personnel who recovered from COVID-19 to 17,986.
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