253 repatriated OFWs arrive in Cebu City
CEBU CITY, May 7 (PIA) — A total of 253 repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) arrived in Cebu City from Manila on April 28, 2020.
Of the total OFWs, 48 are from Bohol.
The passengers bound for Bohol were ferried to Tagbilaran City in the afternoon of the same day.
The Inter-Agency Task Group on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases-Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (IATG-MEID-RDRRMC) in Central Visayas and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA-7) facilitated the arrival of the OFWs.
Before disembarkation, the OFWs underwent thermal scanning and their luggage were decontaminated.
The Department of Health (DOH) Region 7 facilitated the swab testing of all the OFWs while OWWA personnel processed their papers.
After ensuring that they are in good health condition, the OFWs boarded the bus that took them to their assigned hotel.
Despite having undergone quarantine in Manila, the OFWs still followed the quarantine protocols set by local government units here and underwent another 14-day quarantine.
This is to ensure that they are not infected with COVID-19.
OWWA-7 has provided the food and accommodation of the OFWs while the Police Regional Office (PRO-7) provided basic security measures.
DOH-7 also coordinated with the medical teams from local government units (LGUs) to monitor the health of the said OFWs.
Based on DOH-7 data as of May 5, there are 17 repatriated OFWs in Central Visayas who tested positive for COVID-19.
The said OFWs have been isolated and are billeted in a hotel in Cebu City.
Their health condition is also being monitored by health officials from LGUs and DOH.
DOH-7 Regional Director Dr. Jaime Bernadas has recommended additional laboratory tests to validate their test results.
“Testing for the presence of antibodies may tell us if the latest positive results are active infections or previous exposures,” added Bernadas.
The member agencies of IATG-MEID-RMMC-7 remain steadfast in providing the necessary assistance to the OFWs, this along with maintaining close coordination with the LGUs as more repatriated OFWs are expected to arrive. (poc/PIA7)