MANILA – A total of 21 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) stranded in Clark due to travel restrictions have returned home in Northern Mindanao on Saturday.
The OFWs arrived in Cagayan de Oro on board a Philippine Airlines’ sweeper flight, owing their repatriation to the joint efforts of Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), Clark Development Corporation (CDC), Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC), the Department of Tourism-Region 3 and Region 10, and the local government units in Northern Mindanao.
The OFWs received certifications of quarantine completion from the Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Quarantine, and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration after testing negative for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) based on the Philippine Red Cross’ real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing results.
While in Clark, they were provided free lodging at The Mansion Hotel, free meals and internet connection and medical assistance.
On May 4, 42 residents of Davao who were also stranded in Clark were able to return home through a chartered flight arranged by their local government.
As of May 9, 121 individuals are staying for free at The Mansion Hotel in Clark as part of the efforts of BCDA, CDC, and CIAC to provide assistance to stranded passengers, especially returning OFWs. (ia/BCDA)