The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said that more than 4,000 returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are currently stranded in Manila as Philippine Red Cross (PRC) refused to do swab testing for them.
Its refusal to do swab testing came after news that PhilHealth failed to pay its outstanding debt to PRC amounting to almost P1-billion.
“We are facing news issues in bring home OFWs. They are staying longer than a week in isolation hotels, the expenses are rising as they wait for swab test results,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello was quoted as saying by The Filipino Times.
More than 100,000 OFWs are expected to return to the Philippines until the end of 2020.
“The faster that we resolve the Red Cross payments, the better for government finances,” he added.