Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said that over 1,000 rooms in various hotels in the city are ready to cater to repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs).
This as Davao City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) officer-in-charge Generose Tecson assured the strict implementation of the health and safety protocols following the arrival of 359 OFWs and ROFs from Dubai via the Davao International Airport (DIA) Sunday, July 18.
Passengers were required to be swabbed 48 hours before the flight and present negative RT-PCR results in accordance to the City Ordinance No. 0477-21, Series of 2021 or the Mandatory Testing Prior to Entry into the Davao City via the airport.
Prior to this, on July 15, a total of 134 OFWs from Dhaka, Bangladesh arrived in the city.
As part of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), the OFWs and ROFs will undergo a 14-day quarantine in Davao City before proceeding to their final destinations.
“We do a 14-day quarantine kay para masigurado talaga natin – yan kasi yong idle (time) ng COVID so masisigurado natin na wala silang sakit. They are swabbed on the seventh day after their arrival,” Tecson said.
Duterte-Carpio said that after the initial batch of repatriated OFWs and ROFs finish the required number of the quarantine period and are cleared of Covid-19, another flight will be accepted to ensure that there is enough space for them. This initiative will help the OFWs and the hospitality industry.
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) shoulders the expenses for repatriated OFWs while the national government covers the swabbing to ease their burden. But for ROFs, they have to pay for the quarantine facility and their swabbing.
“After this batch, we will accept OFWs and ROFs every after 14 days since we only have 1,078 available rooms for them. After the 14-day quarantine, after they were cleared, we will accept another arrival for the next 14 days,” Duterte-Carpio said.