The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration on Saturday (March 20) urged overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are planning to come back home to postpone their trips due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.
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In recent weeks, the country has seen the highest daily numbers of new cases, following the identification of several variants of the virus in the country.
Cacdac to OFWs: ‘Postpone Return to PH Amid Spike in COVID Cases’
According to OWWA Chief Hans Leo Cacdac, “My advice to our beloved OFW: kindly postpone your planned trip to our dear country, because there’s an increase in the new cases of Covid-19 and the escalation of stayers in our hotel quarantine facilities.”
Payo ko po sa mga mahal nating OFWs: ipagpaliban po muna ang biyahe pauwi sa mahal nating bayan, dahil sa taas po ng mga bagong kaso ng covid-19 at pagdami po ng mga stayers natin sa hotel quarantine facilities. Kung maari lang naman pong maipag-paliban po muna ang biyahe pauwi.
— hans leo j. cacdac (@HansLeoCacdac) March 19, 2021
Cacdac, however, reassured that the agency is is looking for hotels in Metro Manila’s nearby provinces to accommodate returning OFWs.
“If it’s possible, postpone your scheduled trip to the country,” he emphasized.
On Friday, the National Task Force against Covid-19 issued Memorandum Circular No. 6 which allows all Filipinos abroad to enter the country amid a temporary travel ban which will be in effect from March 22 to April 21.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, the Department of Health reported another single-day record of new Covid-19 cases in the country at 7,999. This brings the total number of Covid-19 cases in the country to 656,056.