SAN JOSE, Antique, May 31 (PIA) - - A total of 181 Overseas Filipino Workers have returned home after being stranded in various parts of the country due to restrictions implemented because of the community quarantine.
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Antique Information Officer Judy Mae Magdato said that said workers have arrived in batches since April 29 via 2GO trips, sweeper flights and chartered plane.
The town of San Jose biggest has number of returnees with 29 OFWs, Hamtic and Sibalom with 19 each town, Anini-y-17, Culasi-14, Pandan -13 and Tobias Fornier 12 OFWs. The rest of the towns have less than 10 OFWs who have returned home as of May 28, 2020.
Governor Rhodora Cadiao, during the recent IATF press conference, enjoined the returning OFWs to follow the health protocol and cooperate with the authorities to protect their families and loved ones against COVID-19.
DILG Antique and the Provincial Government are also running an online survey of returning OFWs with confirmed trips to the province to track their arrival for subsequent preparation of the concerned receiving local government units.
DILG Local Government Operations Officer Deo Orquejo, during the press conference, said that the return of the OFWs was coordinated with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration however due to huge number of returnees, the Provincial and Municipal government have assisted the provision of transportation and conveyance in going to Antique.
For those with quarantine certificate stating that they have undergone the 14-day quarantine and are negative for COVID-19 virus, Orquejo said they could opt for home quarantine but still this could be subjected to protocol implemented by the receiving LGU.
For those with no quarantine certificate, DILG emphasized that no OFW will be denied by their LGUs, however, if they will have no option for home quarantine they will be directed to the isolation facility and to undergo COVID-19 test and 14-day facility quarantine.
PPDC Julie Cepe whose office has also a desk for OFW and working hand in hand with DILG acknowledged the untiring support of the IATF, Municipal Officials, PDRRMC, PNP and other agencies in facilitating the return of stranded OFWs to their families. (JSC/PSM/PIA6 Antique)