400 OFWs undergo quarantine at World Trade Center

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 28 2020 04:29 PM

The World Trade Center as a massive quarantine facility. Photo Courtesy of TSG Obinque, PAO, AFP

MANILA -- Around 400 repatriated Filipino workers are undergoing their mandatory quarantine at the World Trade Center, a government official said Monday.

The overseas Filipino workers are from Abu Dhabi and the Maldives, Bases and Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) President Vince Dizon said.

"Alam naman po natin libu-libo po ang mga OFWs ang umuuwi ngayon at kailangan din natin silang bigyan ng temporary na pag-i-stay-an habang nagku-quarantine sila nang 14 days," he said.

(We know that thousands of OFWs are going home and we need to give them a temporary place to stay while they undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine.)

Returning OFWs are required to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a government facility as a precautionary measure against the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). They are also required to take a rapid test for the disease.

The 500-bed facility at the World Trade Center opened last week and is managed by 18 military doctors, 30 nurses and 60 medical aides from the Armed Forces of the Philippines.