Sat. Sep 18th, 2021

BORONGAN, Eastern Samar Province – Returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to this province will have to stay in isolation facilities in their respective areas for two weeks, the provincial government said on Friday.

“I would like to inform the OFWs that all of them who will arrive here in our province will still undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine in the various isolation facilities of their local government and not in their respective homes,” Governor Ben Evardone said.

“This is part of our protocol to continue to protect the health and safety of our people in the province,” he added in a statement.

Since May 25, some 36 OFWs returned to Borongan City and the towns of Guiuan, General McArthur, Llorente, Dolores, Can-avid, Sulat, Balangiga, Lawaan, Maydolong, and Salcedo.

“All Eastern Samar residents are welcome to our province, but they have to observe health protocols,” he said.

Violators are subject to PHP20,000 to PHP50,000 penalty and imprisonment of one to six months as stipulated under the Republic Act 11332 of the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.

Local governments picked up the OFWs at the Tacloban Airport and drove them to the provincial capitol grounds for checking of their medical records and gathering of personal details before sending them to isolation facilities.

In Guiuan, Eastern Samar, the 11 returning OFWs are staying at Calicoan Villa Hotel where they will complete their 14-day quarantine while the one from Manicani Island will stay at the designated quarantine area in Buenavista village.

The local government shoulders the expenses of their stay inside the hotel while their family will provide them food for the entire period of their quarantine or they may order food at their own expense.

“We are still happy that Guiuan is still Covid-19 free with the enforcement of health protocols and strict monitoring on our border control. Non-residents are not allowed to enter the town,” said Mayor Annaliz Gonzales-Kwan in a phone interview. (PNA)

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