Mandatory 14-day Quarantine for OFWs
By: Ira Christele G. Vicente
In accord with the government mandate to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus Disease – 2019 (COVID-19) in the country, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), with the Sub-Task Group for the Repatriation of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), are tasked to facilitate the mandatory fourteen (14) – day quarantine period of all repatriated OFWs, both land and sea-based. The sub-task group is composed of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Tourism (DOT), Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ), and the Philippine National Police (PNP)
Licensed manning agencies are tasked to inform their respective workers of the said 14 – day mandatory quarantine period upon their arrival in the country. After which, the licensed manning agency must submit to the Department of Health (DOH) the complete list of the workers to be repatriated for further evaluation and monitoring.
The following process will be followed:
- Upon arrival at the airport, the DOTr, through the PCG, will transport the repatriated OFWs to their designated quarantine facilities, which includes the quarantine ships currently docked at Pier 15, Port area, Manila.
- These repatriated workers aboard the quarantine ships would be regularly monitored by nurses and medial officers of the PCG and ensure that stringent quarantine measures are strictly observed.
- After the 14 – day quarantine, the respective workers would be issued with clearances duly signed by the DOH and Bureau of Quarantine (“BOQ”) and will be coordinated with their respective licensed manning agencies for necessary transportation.
(On 23 April 2020, a ONE-STOP SHOP was established in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminals 1 and 2.
As to food expenses during their mandatory quarantine, the same would be shouldered by their respective manning agencies. Social distancing would likewise be implemented in the mess hall by imposing a 4 : 1 ratio of workers per table.
As to occupancy, social distancing would strictly be implemented by providing for partitions and imposing a 4 : 1 ratio of layers of bunk bed per person. On 14 April 2020, the PCG began to welcome repatriated OFWs and designated them to the quarantine ships docked at Manila Bay.
As of 29 April 2020, a total of 584 OFWs have been cleared and were allowed to go back t their respective provinces after the completion of the 14-day mandatory quarantine.
As of 02 May 2020, a total of 395 OFWs are currently onboard the quarantine facilities in Pier 15. These quarantine facilities are as follows:
- M/V St. John Paul II;
- M/V Anthony de Padua; and
- Eva Macapagal Terminal.
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