More than 22,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) stranded in different quarantine facilities have so far been transported to their respective hometown, the Department of Labor and Employment reported today, five days since President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the immediate release of some 24,000 COVID-19-cleared OFWs.
DOLE Undersecretary Claro A. Arellano, citing a report from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), said that as of May 30, a total of 22,426 stranded OFWs have been released from quarantine facilities.
OWWA provided 159 buses for transportation while some were transported by sea and air. Some of the OFW’s relatives likewise fetched their OFWs from the hotels and quarantine facilities.
DOLE said all the Filipino migrant workers sent home tested negative for the novel coronavirus.
Arellano also said OWWA had so far spent over Php700 million for the repatriation, transport, accommodation and food of more than 30,000 returning OFWs.