PH quarantine facility enough for returning OFWs – OWWA

Marje Pelayo   •   January 16, 2021   •   333

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)

DFA logs 348 new COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos

Marje Pelayo   •   February 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) received reports confirming 348 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases among overseas Filipinos, bringing the total tally to 14,389.

This record is the highest since June 2020, surpassing 322 cases reported on January 13 this year.

Meanwhile, 88 Filipinos have recovered from the disease raising the total number of recoveries to 9,052.

To date, no new fatality was reported.

According to the DFA, the reported spike is due to an increase in cases in Europe as well as late reports owing to privacy concerns in the Middle East and Africa.

Based on the latest report, the number of countries and territories where overseas Filipinos with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are reported have risen to 86.

The DFA said it shall continue to keep track of the status of overseas Filipinos, and facilitate repatriations, whenever possible.

DFA logs 25 new cases of COVID-19 among overseas Filipinos

Marje Pelayo   •   February 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 25 new cases of COVID-19 infection were reported among overseas Filipinos on Wednesday, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

This brings the total number of infected Filipino nationals outside the country to 14,041.

The DFA also reported 10 new recoveries among those infected, raising the recovery tally to 8,964.

However, two Filipinos recently succumbed to COVID-19, bringing the death toll among Filipinos abroad to 954.

The DFA, together with its Foreign Service Posts, assured that it remains fully committed to monitoring and assisting our nationals abroad amid the pandemic.

53 new COVID-19 cases logged among Filipino nationals abroad

Marje Pelayo   •   February 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported 53 new cases of confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection among overseas Filipinos as of Tuesday (February 2).

Also, 35 new recoveries in Asia and the Pacific and Europe.

This means to date, the number of COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad is at 14,016 and the number of recoveries is at 8,954.

No new fatality was reported, keeping the number of COVID-19 deaths among overseas Filipinos at 952 .

Meanwhile, the DFA said a total of 8,954 Filipinos are still undergoing treatment in different health facilities across the globe.

The Middle East and Africa remains to be the region with the most number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, recoveries, under treatment, and fatalities among Filipino nationals, the DFA said.

On the other hand, the Americas continue to record the least numbers in all categories compared to other geographic regions, except in the total number of deaths wherein Asia and the Pacific ranks lowest with a total of only 21.

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