MANILA - Some repatriated overseas Filipino workers left quarantine facilities before they received their coronavirus test results, the Philippine Coast Guard said Sunday.
Without providing any number, Coast Guard spokesman Armand Balilo said some OFWs did not honor the 14-day quarantine measure mandated by government, despite warnings issued by authorities.
"Noong mga unang araw, may nakatakas eh, na hindi ino-honor yung quarantine procedure. Na-test siya, pero wala pang resulta at biglang tumakas," he told ABS-CBN's Teleradyo.
"Problema ngayon, positive siya. So nakahalubilo na niya ngayon yung mga tao sa community, yung pamilya niya. At ya'n ang nagiging problema natin ngayon."
"Merong mga nag-positive dun sa mga tumakas," he added.
The Coast Guard is tracing these OFWs and are making the necessary steps to mitigate the situation, Balilo said.
Meantime, OFWs who have received negative test results and quarantine clearances were urged to avail of free rides to their home provinces, according to Balilo.
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, he said.
Balilo said the return of cleared OFWs to their respective home provinces is already coordinated with local officials to spare them from such inconveniences as being refused entry or being forced to undergo another 14-day quarantine.
"Kaya nga, naging maganda itong RT-PCR dahil testing na talaga ito, confirmatory test, na kahit yung mga OFW medyo natagalan dun sa kanilang mga hotel at mga quarantine facilities, at least isang test na lang at yun na nga yung i-o-honor kaagad, at wala ng masdyadong tanong pagdating sa kanilang mga probinsya," he said.
As of Saturday, the Philippines has recorded 12,305 cases of COVID-19, with 2,561 recoveries and 817 deaths.