Wednesday, September 22, 2021

More repatriates from Dubai, UAE, KL arrive

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) personnel assist overseas Filipino workers upon their arrival at the airport in Davao City. A total of 382 of them came home from Dubai on Friday (6 August 2021) to undergo quarantine in Davao. MindaNews photo

More repatriates from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia, returned to the Philippines on repatriation flights via Davao International Airport (DIA) over the weekend.

On Friday morning, 383 Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs) from Dubai, UAE arrived at the Davao International Airport (DIA). Among the passengers were four non-OFWs and 379 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) with their dependents.

The “test before” policy of the city government of Davao under Ordinance No. 0477-21 for inbound passengers is still applicable to passengers of repatriation flights as they required to present a negative Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT- PCR) test result within 24 to 72 hours before departure to Davao City, the abovementioned ROFs presented RT- PCR negative test results and were swabbed 48 hours before boarding their flight.

City tourism officer Generose Tecson, who is also the head of the Airport Monitoring Team, said 275 of the passengers were fully vaccinated and five already had their first shots.

On the other hand, 150 passengers from KL arrived at DIA on Saturday afternoon.

All returning OFWs and ROFs will undergo 14-day facility-based quarantine and will be swabbed again on the 7th day from their arrival.

Presently, there are already six flights flew in to Davao City and these came from Dhaka, Bangladesh; thrice from Dubai, United Arab Emirates and twice from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Last week, the city received a total of 931 passengers and of this number 768 are OFWs and their 43 children, 105 ROFs (non-OFWs) and their five children, and 10 diplomats who came in via Dhaka flights.

Out of the 930 passengers who arrived from Dhaka and Dubai, 14 were tested positive for Covid-19.

The city government of Davao has prepared hotels for these incoming OFWs and currently, there more than 1,000 rooms available and all are certified by the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ).

“Nakaalis na (hotel) ang first two batches from Dhaka and Dubai, ang naiwan na lang ang from KL and the second batch na Dubai,” Tecson said last Wednesday.

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