OWWA seeks mercy flights for stranded OFWs

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Posted at Apr 07 2020 06:38 PM

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Immigration sections at NAIA, February 3, 2020 File

MANILA - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) on Tuesday said it was looking for ways to help overseas Filipino workers return to their home provinces, after they have completed the 14-day quarantine.

OWWA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac estimated that 4,000 to 5,000 OFWs are stranded in Metro Manila.

“Kailangan makapanumbalik na nasa Visayas at Mindano kasi nakakumpleto na ng 14 day quarantine dito,” Cacdac said during the Laging Handa presser.

Cacdac said agencies like the Department of Transportation and the Department of the Interior and Local Government are looking at ways to help stranded OFWs.

“Nagko-coordinate tayo para makapagsagawa ng mercy flights o vayages para makauwi na sila para makauwi na sa home provinces yung mga stranded dito sa Maynila na nakumpleto na ang 14-day quarantine,” he said.

Cacdac said OWWA continues to provide stranded OFWs with food, transport and accommodation.

“Merong dalawang flights from Kuwait na darating, total 600 OFWs. We will transport them to an accommodation facility and take care of them until such time na sila ay makakauwi sa kanilang mga rehiyon at probinsyo,” he said.

Arriving land and sea-based OFWs need to undergo the 14-day quarantine to ensure that they are free from the virus.

The OWWA, Cacdac added, has so far assisted over 6,000 stranded OFWs. This includes seafarers who are currently stranded and staying in boarding houses and dormitories.