Speaker wants integrated, Comprehensive plan for OFWs

SPEAKER Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday urged the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) to convene an inter-agency meeting to discuss how their respective programs can be integrated to respond to issues and concerns affecting overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) abroad and those who are returning to the country.

Gov't 'malasakit' for deceased OFWs hailed

HOUSE Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez hailed the initiative of the Duterte administration through Labor Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III to immediately repatriate the remains of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), including those who died of coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19).

OFW hangs self while under quarantine

April 26, 2020
The lifeless body of Algen Cadungog, OFW from Kuwait and resident of Demapaco Libungan, Cotabato City was discovered by her colleagues at around 6 a.m. hanging with a fabric scarf looped around her neck and the other end tied underneath the stairways inside room 45 of Liza Lodge at Cuneta Avenue, Bgy. 76 which was converted into a quarantine facility for returning OFWs.

Clear quarantine guidelines for OFWs sought

House Deputy Majority Leader and Zamboanga Sibugay Rep. Wilter “Sharky” Wee Palma II said he was addressing his appeal particularly to Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Brigido “Dodo” Dulay who claimed that OFWs who underwent 14-day quarantine abroad will be allowed to go straight to their homes upon their arrival while Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Administrator Hans Cacdac maintained that all returning OFWs, even asymptomatic ones, are mandated to undergo a 14-day quarantine in facilities and hotels being provided by the government.

OFWs quarantined at World Trade Center

“In coordination with the Department of Foreign Affairs, a total of 58 deportees from Abu Dhabi are presently quarantined at the WTC. We also expect that by today additional 340 repatriates and Foreign Affairs officers from Maldives will arrive and will occupy the same facility,” he added.