A top official from the Philippine National Task Force revealed on Tuesday that there will be around 42,000 OFWs returning via the government’s repatriation program.
Currently, there are over 27,000 OFWs in Manila being quarantined and another batch of some 42,000 OFWs will arrive this May and June , National Task Force of Covid-19 Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez said in a statement.
“Malaki po ang problema po natin sa returning OFWs. Kasi po ngayon, more than 27,000 na po ang nandito sa Manila, at mayroon po darating na 42,000 this coming May and June,” he said.
However, Galvez has already assured President Rodrigo Duterte that Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has already been coordinating with other agencies to address the impending problem.
Meanwhile, Lorenzana has already ordered for the immediate release of OFWs who have tested negative for the virus.
On Tuesday, Galvez also announced the 465 returning OFWs who have tested for Covid-19. These new cases were the result of the over 22,000 tests done by the Philippine Red Cross.
To date, the Philippine government has already conducted 3,000 Covid-19 tests to 30,000 OFWs.