More than 16,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were stranded in the quarantine facilities in Metro Manila have now been sent back home, Malacanang confirmed.
These OFWs have been staying in the hotels provided by the Philippine government and have already tested negative for the novel coronavirus and finished the 14-day quarantine period.
“Mahigit 16,000 na mga OFW ang nakauwi sa kani-kanilang mga tahanan mula nang ipag-utos po ni President Duterte ang pagpapauwi,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.
A total of three flights have been scheduled on Thursday morning to transport OFWs back to their homes in Davao City, Dumaguete City, and Puerto Princesa City. Two ships were also reportedly carrying more than 1,200 OFWs bound for Cebu, Dumaguete City, Ozamis City, Iligan, and Zamboanga. Approximately 100 buses from Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange have been used to transport OFWs to various provinces across northern and southern Luzon.