Police tighten watch on OFW quarantine hubs

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 20 2020 12:40 PM

OFWs get swab tested at a testing center in Manila on May 13, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN

MANILA- More policemen were deployed to secure quarantine facilities for repatriated overseas Filipino workers after some of them left before receiving results of their coronavirus tests, a police official said Wednesday.

Authorities are still searching for the OFWs who did not honor the 14-day quarantine measure mandated by government, Joint Task Force COVID-19 Shield commander Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said.

"Nagdagdag pa tayo ng mga personnel sa atas din ng ating chief PNP para magbigay ng tamang proteksyon at seguridad sa mga lugar kung saan laging naglalagi ang ating mga OFW para maiwasan itong pag-alis nila sa mga quarantine facility na ito na walang arrangement or paalam," he said in a public briefing.

(We added more personnel to provide protection and security in areas where there are OFWs to avoid situations where they leave the quarantine facility without coordination.)

The Philippine National Police is coordinating with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in its search for the OFWs, Eleazar said.

Some 43,000 more overseas Filipino workers are expected to come home between May and June, the Department of Labor and Employment said Wednesday, as the pandemic slashed jobs worldwide.