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In light of the constantly changing social and economic landscape in the world due to COVID-19, everyone at Mallari Fiel Brillante Ronquillo has taken steps to make good our steadfast commitment to serve our clients and our communities.

To this end, we designed a new business model incorporating the traditional “brick and mortar” and “virtual” law offices. This new model is to achieve the continuity of rendering our legal and business consultancy services to clients and friends, and the immediate implementation of our crisis management and business transformation activities.

Thus, we’re glad to announce that for every fortnight, half of our team will be physically present at our offices from Monday thru Friday, 8:00am to 3:00pm. Clients and our friends can reach us through our office phones and online platforms (website, emails, Facebook, LinkedIn, Zoom, etc.). And to ensure the health and safety of our staff, they have the option to be housed in the Firm’s private residence or shuttled back and forth using the company’s private vehicle. Safety protocols are also observed at our offices.

Finally, our team has prepared a series of materials around the impact of COVID-19 and related considerations. Please take time to view our sample articles and research published in our website. A complete listing and discussion of these articles are available in our newsletter to be distributed to our esteemed clients.

Should you have questions, please reach out to our Office Manager, Argie Macawile, at +632 86953395, +63977 8502357; or email our Managing Partner, Atty. Rob Mallari, at mfl@mflegal.com.ph and rpmallari@mflegal.com.ph.

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. M/V St. John Paul II;
  2. M/V Anthony de Padua; and
  3. Eva Macapagal Terminal.

For further queries on this matter or other legal concerns, you may contact us from Mondays to Fridays, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, through our email: mfl@mflegal.com.ph, and our website at http://mfbr.com.ph.

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