Returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) may experience longer stay in quarantine facilities due to the Covid-19 backlog, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.
“Noong nakaraan, mga na-anticipate kaming ganito eh, pero nabayaran kaagad. Ito na yung pangalawa. Medyo nabigla kami. Hindi namin alam na aabot pa ulit na talagang mangyari na magkakaroon ng impasse dito sa pagbabayad ng Philhealth sa Red Cross,” Philippine Coast Guard Armand Balilo said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
OFWs will have to wait up to five days before getting their Covid-19 test results as their samples will have to be sent to 12 accredited hospitals.
“Bumalik po tayo sa manual operations na katulad ng ating ginagawa noong unang mga araw ng lockdown,” Balilo said.
He also added that returning OFWs must expect delays in getting their clearance to go back to their respective provinces.
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