Stranded OFWs now allowed to stay in hotels: Palace


Posted at Mar 22 2020 04:41 PM

MANILA - Overseas Filipino workers stranded in the country may now be accommodated in hotels, Malacañang said Sunday.

Under Resolution 14 approved by government's Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases, the distressed OFWs will be subject to guidelines issued by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and the departments of health, tourism and foreign affairs.

"Ang mga distressed OFWs ay pwede na pong i-accommodate sa hotels or similar establishments," Nograles said in a televised press briefing.

(Distressed OFWs are now allowed to be accommodated in hotels or similar establishments.)

Hotels, hostels and similar establishments with existing bookings as of Tuesday were earlier allowed to operate.

The new resolution also includes government's suspension of the issuance of visa to foreigners, while those who already have their visa are not allowed entry into the country until Luzon's lockdown is lifted, Nograles said.

Exempted from the policy are foreign spouses and children of Filipinos and accredited diplomats and officials of international organizations such as the United Nations and World Health Organization.