(Article from http://www.pna.gov.ph)

At least 5,152 returning overseas Filipinos are now home in Caraga Region since April 2020 through the efforts of the various government agencies, according to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-Region 13. An undated photo shows some of the returning overseas Filipinos who arrived in Bancasi Airport in Butuan City. (Courtesy: http://www.pna.gov.ph)

BUTUAN CITY – At least 5,152 returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) have been assisted to return to their respective hometowns in Caraga Region as of Friday, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in Caraga (OWWA-13) said.

In a statement Friday, OWWA-13 said the latest batch of ROFs that arrived Thursday consisted of 40 repatriates who flew in at one of the regular sweeper flights of the Philippine Airlines through the Bancasi Airport here.

Of the total number of ROFs, the agency said 1,168 are from this city, 1,003 from Agusan del Norte, 828 from Agusan del Sur, 913 from Surigao del Norte, 1,080 from Surigao del Sur, 112 from the Province of Dinagat Islands, and 48 from Siargao Island.

OWWA-13 information officer Anne Jane Hallasgo assured the ROFs followed all the protocols before they were allowed on board  sweeper flights.

“Among the requirements they adhere is the presentation of negative results of swab test taken three to five days before the scheduled flight,” Hallasgo told the Philippine News Agency in an interview Friday.

In addition, she said ROFs must undergo the 14-day quarantine upon their arrival in their respective towns.

Data from the Department of Health in Caraga (DOH-13) showed that as of Oct. 1, a total of 63 ROFs have contracted Covid-19, representing four percent of the total number of Covid-19 cases in the region.

The number is lower compared to the locally stranded individuals (LSIs) that account for 21 percent or 302 out of the total number of infections in the region.

As of Oct. 1, the DOH-13 said that Caraga has a total of 1,405 confirmed Covid-19 cases with 874 recoveries, 482 active cases, and 49 recorded deaths. (PNA)

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