A total of 230 stranded Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are set to arrive in Iloilo and Bacolod ports tomorrow morning, April 29. The OFWs are currently onboard M/V St. Leo the Great. According to the Western Visayas Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (WV IATF), the OFWs will be booked in various hotels upon arrival.
“We understand that our LGUs need ample time to prepare for their quarantine facilities to accommodate their respective OFWs. The regional task force took the initiative to look for hotels where they can temporarily stay for 14-day quarantine upon their arrival,” states Civil Defense Regional Director and Task Force Chairperson Jose Roberto Nuñez, in an article by the Philippine News Agency.
Nuñez adds that there were able to secure enough hotel rooms for the returning OFWs through the help of the Department of Tourism. Moreover, the OFWs have been screened for COVID-19 and have complete documentation prior to boarding the marine vessel, in compliance with Resolutions 12 and 13 of the regional task force.
Among the 230 OFWs, 52 will disembark through Bacolod port and the remaining 178 will proceed to Fort San Pedro in Iloilo where 18 buses will take them to their respective hotels. The 178 OFWs are composed of the following: 103 from Iloilo, 35 from Aklan, 10 from Antique, 15 from Capiz, and 15 from Guimaras.