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OFWs returning to PH provinces may undergo 'home quarantine' as agreed by LGUs

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) returning to their respective cities will no longer stay in a quarantine facility as the local government units (LGUs) agreed to implement home isolation, said the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

According to DILG secretary Eduardo Año in a televised meeting with Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, OFWs can go home directly on their families as long as they have completed their 14-day quarantine at a government-assigned facility upon their arrival and have tested negative after their swab test.

“All of our LGUs are already accepting OFWs as per your instruction. At first, they had doubts because they are uncertain if these OFWs can infect others, so we had an agreement with all LGUs, mayors, governors that all of them will be accepted but they will impose an additional home quarantine,” said Año.

However, Año said that OFWs can opt to stay in a quarantine facility in their barangay if too many family members are living on their homes.

Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the DILG and the Department of Health to send home around 24,000 OFWs to their provinces within a week after complaints have been raised from OFWs being stuck in the quarantine facility.

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