Thursday, 30 April 2020 04:39

30 OFWs safely return to Cagayan de Oro City

Written by Justin Nagac and Stephen Pedroza
30 OFWs safely return to Cagayan de Oro City Photo courtesy of City Information Office
Thirty Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) safely arrived in Cagayan de Oro City on Thursday dawn, April 30, as part of the government’s Malasakit Voyage Program (Balik Probinsya Program) amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
City Health Office OIC Dr. Lorraine Nery announced during the 40th press conference that medical teams, personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP), and an Incident Management Team (IMT) were dispatched to the city port to check on the OFWs.
The local teams facilitated the profiling of the OFWs, conducting of interviews, and health check-ups for any signs and symptoms of respiratory illnesses.
Nery earlier said that the repatriated OFWs already completed the 14-day quarantine period in areas where they come from and they were issued with Certificate of Quarantine Completion.
She also assured the public that they all tested negative for coronavirus after conducting a rapid diagnostic test.
The OFWs attended an orientation on the current situation and response programs in CDO to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The city government of CDO also thanked the cooperation of six other local government units (Gingoog, Medina, Damilag, Initao, Manticao, and Naawan) for the successful repatriation of the OFWs.
The program would not have been successful without the collaboration among the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Cagayan de Oro
Police Office (COCPO), and the CDO Humanitarian Assistance, Logistics, and Health Clusters.
The repatriates will stay in one of the City Isolation Units for 14 days with free food, medicines, and other provisions sponsored by the OWWA and LGU Cagayan de Oro.