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Returning non-OFWs must pay quarantine accommodation costs


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Malacanang said on Monday that non-overseas Filipino workers are going to pay for the quarantine accommodation costs upon arrival in the Philippines.

All returning OFWs and non-OFWs are mandated to undergo quarantine at government-accredited facilities.

“Kung kayo po ay isang OFW, iyan po ay libre, babayaran ng OWWA [Overseas Workers Welfare Administration]; kung kayo po ay hindi OFW, kayo po ang magbabayad ng quarantine facility,” Harry Roque, Malacanang presidential spokesperson, said in a televised briefing.

Roque added that all OFs and foreigners will be oriented on the quarantine process and there will be oriented on the quarantine process and there will be a centralized processing of all necessary documents

After orientation, they will undergo the RT-PCR tests and quarantine for two to five days while waiting for the results.

Those who will test positive for the virus will be immediately admitted as patients at hiospitals or temporary health facilities being run by the local government.

Meanwhile, persons who will test negative will be allowed to go to their respective destinations.

Roque said they will be assisted by the Department of Transportation or local government units.

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