OFWs cleared of COVID-19 may avail of free ride home: Coast Guard

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 17 2020 11:01 AM | Updated as of May 17 2020 11:17 AM

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MANILA - Repatriated Filipino migrant workers cleared of the coronavirus during tests conducted in the Philippine capital may already avail of free rides home to their respective provinces, the Philippine Coast Guard said Sunday.

Overseas Filipino workers who already have negative test results and quarantine clearances from the Philippine Red Cross are urged to contact the following 2GO personnel to return to their home provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao:

1) Ms. Daisy Manansala - 0925 773 2479
2) Ms. Thea Lee - 0966 923 9955
3) Mr. Jet Lagahit - 0917 571 0874
4) Ms. Marilu Garcia - 0917 815 4854

Government will provided buses for those whose provinces are in Luzon, according to Coast Guard spokesman Commodore Armand Balilo.

"Ang panawagan namin samantalahin na ng mga may result na kung kayo ay uuwi sa Mindanao, Visayas, ito na po ang magandang pagkakataon... Ito lang ang tanging available na transportasyon," he told ABS-CBN's Teleradyo.

 

Some 7,100 out of more than 8,000 OFWs quarantined in ships docked in Manila Bay have been tested for the coronavirus and are awaiting their clearances, Balilo said.

The Coast Guard has done some 23,000 coronavirus tests in total, with a daily average of 1,500, he added.

"Marami pang OFWs ang pabalik galing ibang bansa at yun po ang pinaghahandaan namin nang mabuti," Balilo said.

"Kritikal na gawin namin ito sapagkat alam niyo naman sa mga ibang bansa, yung mga nagakroon ng maraming COVID ay nanggaling sa labas at di nabantayan nang maayos."

The tests are shouldered by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration for land-based OFWs, and shipping agencies for sea-based migrant workers, according to Balilo.

The Philippines has logged 12,305 confirmed COVID-19 cases, as of May 16, 2020, including 817 fatalities and 2,561 recoveries.