Recently, a returning Filipino worker was found lifeless inside a quarantine facility in Cebu. However, authorities claim that it is not related to COVID-19.
“Acute myocardial infarction, may ischemic heart disease. ‘Yun po ang dahilan, sa kasamaang-palad nasawi siya sa hotel room ng May 30 with no signs or symptoms,” says OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac.
In a statement, Cacdac confirmed that the OFW identified as Geraldine Dasalya passed the screening which was made at the airport and before she was sent into the quarantine facility.
“Isinasaayos na ang kaniyang pag-uwi dito sa kaniyang lalawigan sa Luzon. Nakipag-ugnayan na rin kami sa pamilya. Tutulungan namin ang kaniyang pamilya,” Cacdac added.
Meanwhile, OWWA is extending help to OFWs who were not able to exit the country because of the recent travel restriction to Saudi Arabia. A lot of OFWs going to Saudi Arabia were stopped from boarding their flights after a temporary suspension on the deployment of Filipino workers was passed.
The temporary travel ban was the solution of the government regarding the problem of the cost of the institutional quarantine protocol of Saudi Arabia. The government wants the sponsor or the employer of the OFWs to shoulder this expense because it will only cause additional problems to Filipino workers.
“Mga 205 na OFW at karamihan sa kanila naka-billet pa rin sa ating mga hotel. Nirerebook na po sila paisa-isa and of course mga 50 percent sa kanila ay nakakuha ng schedule,” says Cacdac.
After Saudi Arabia agreed that employers shoulder the expense of the quarantine, the ban was immediately lifted.