Three buses that will be used to transport repatriated Filipinos from Wuhan City, China - epicenter of the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD) outbreak- have arrived at the Clark International Airport on Saturday morning.
The buses, owned by the provincial government, have been fitted with plastic as a layer of protection against the disease.
The seats were completely covered with plastic, while a plastic barrier was installed on the driver’s side to shield the driver against possible infection.
Each bus can accommodate up to 30 people.
The transport will take the repatriates from the airport in Pampanga, where they are expected to arrive Sunday, to the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac where they will be quarantined for two weeks.
Driver Eddie Dizon said he and other bus drivers tapped for the job are not scared as they would also be provided with protective equipment.
"Hindi kami natatakot. Walang kakaba-kaba na mahawaan kami ng sakit na iyan. Ready kami dito,” Dizon said.
(We are not afraid. We have no concern that we might be infected. We're ready.)
"Gusto naming tumulong po... Sa aming mga Kapampangan, tulung-tulong po tayo para sa mga kababayan natin," he added.
(We want to help. For us Kapampangans, let's help each other for our compatriots.)
Another bus driver, Eugene Medriano, said health officials and police officers would guide them on the drive to New Clark City.
"From here, diretso na ng NCC. Mayroon kaming mga guide na pulis at taga-DOH. Convoy-convoy na," Medriano told ABS-CBN News.
(From here we go straight to NCC. We have the police and the DOH to guide us in a convoy.)
Meanwhile, officials and personnel of the Department of Health and Department of Foreign Affairs on Saturday arrived at the Clark International Airport to hold a simulation exercise for the arrival of the repatriates.
The Philippines earlier enforced a ban on foreign travelers from China in a bid to contain the virus. It has three confirmed cases, all Chinese travelers from Wuhan.