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Labella backs Gwen’s rule on OFWs, RoFs

Caecent No-ot Magsumbol (The Freeman) - May 5, 2021 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  Cebu City mayor Edgardo Labella has shared the sentiments of Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia not to give a hard time to the Overseas Filipino Workers and all the Returning Overseas Filipinos here.

Garcia has set aside recommendations that OFWs and ROFs must follow the six-day quarantine rule upon arrival,

“We share the same sentiments with the Governor. We share gyud kay kita naa man pud ta ana nga polisiya nga basta negative results dili na nato dugayon, pagawason na nato dayon,” said Labella.

Garcia said the national government’s six-day quarantine rule is an additional burden not only on the part of the OFWs and ROFs but also on the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) that pays for the hotels used for quarantine.

Labella said he admires the stand of the Governor and agrees that time is of the essence for the OFWs and ROFs to be with their families.

“I admire the sentiment of the Governor kay kana mang gung namauli, they want to be with their family unya kung atong i-hold nga 16-days quarantine maski negative sila,” added Labella.

Garcia earlier pointed out that most of those who have returned to Cebu came home for important reasons, not for leisure, and removing at least six days from their time in the country is additional burden.

Labella said it has long been a policy in Cebu City to accept OFWs and ROFs to their respective barangays once they tested negative with Covid-19 and such order stays.

“Ato lang gihapong gipadayon ang atong practice nga katong gikan sa gawas, nga inig abot gyud sa airport, i-RT-PCR test. Inig abot sa duha ka adlaw kung negative sila, gawas na sila pwede mopauli,” said Labella.

However, should the returning OFWs or ROFs turn to be positive upon their return to their respective homes, they will be extracted and isolated, the mayor said.

“Pero kung positive diha sa atong mga barangay nakapuyo, ato na silang ipakuha didto, atong ipakuha ug ibutang sa mga barangay isolation center kung asymptomatic pero kung mild to moderate cases adto sa atong Cebu City Quarantine Center, kung mga severe or grabe, i-deretso sa mga hospitals,” stressed Labella.

Labella reiterated, the mandatory quarantine period set by the national government (14-day quarantine, not 16) is too long.

“Kung negative 2 days ra pagawason na nato sila. Maong dili na mo-involve og 16 days kay dugay na kaayo para makapauli na sila to join sa ilang mga pamilya dili nato i-hold og dugay kaayo. Mao nay atong polisiya, two days after having being found negative, gawas na sila,” reiterated Labella. — GMR (FREEMAN)

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