MANILA - The head of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) on Saturday assured passengers using the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) that the facility is safe amid the influx of returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who pass through the terminal.
In an interview with Teleradyo, OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said all OFWs who use the transport terminal tested negative for the coronavirus.
Cacdac added that these OFWs have completed their quarantine period and have undergone RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) tests - considered the "gold standard" in screening patients for the highly contagious disease.
"'Yung mga OFW natin are PCR negative, tested at swab-tested 'yang 55,000 na nakauwi sa kani-kanilang lalawigan," Cacdac said in the
(Our OFWs tested negative in the PCR tests. The 55,000 OFWs who have returned to their provinces were also swab tested.)
Cacdac's comment comes amid concerns of an infection spread at the terminal, as some repatriates have tested positive for COVID-19.
Based on OWWA data, some 55,000 repatriated OFWS have returned to their provinces, and about 2,500 are staying in OWWA or hotel quarantine facilities to wait out the obligatory 14-day quarantine.
Buses transporting OFWs to provinces are placed on a higher floor at the PITX, while buses transporting local passengers are located at the ground floor, Cacdac said.
This, he said, was to avoid confusion among charter and public utility buses transporting the passengers from the terminal.
Limited public transportation has been allowed under the general community quarantine in Metro Manila, including buses which ply the terminal every day.
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