OFWs in isolation hotels swell to 9,300 as DOH-backed extended quarantine enforced – OWWA

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MANILA, Philippines — The choice of Out of the country Filipino Employees (OFWs) staying in more than a few isolation motels has greater to 9,300 following the implementation of the prolonged quarantine length that was once proposed by way of the Division of Well being (DOH).

Out of the country Employees Welfare Affiliation (OWWA) Administrator Hans Cacdac bared this Monday, noting that OFWs setting apart in 160 motels national has swelled from 6,500 a “few weeks in the past.” The DOH has driven extending the quarantine length for inbound vacationers to ten days because it sought after COVID-19 checks taken both at the seventh or eighth day in their isolation.

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“Nararamdaman na natin ‘yung pag-extend ng quarantine length, lalo na nung ultimate weekend, ‘yan na ‘yung batch nung nag-take impact ‘yung 10 days,” Cacdac mentioned in a press briefing.

(We already felt the have an effect on of the extension of the quarantine length, particularly ultimate weekend, when the 10-day length took impact.)

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Cacdac additionally estimated that the DOH-backed quarantine length extension has brought about an building up in its bills to round P1 billion a month.

Previous, he mentioned, the Division of Funds and Control (DBM) simplest allocated P5.2 billion for OWWA’s bills at the isolation of returning OFWs, which is lower than their preliminary request of P9.8 billion.

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“Ang tantiya namin itong further one to 2 days, rather less than a 1 billion a month itong further days na ito, estimate lang ‘yon, I will’t pin it down at actual determine at this degree,” Cacdac defined.

(We estimated that this extra one to 2 days prices rather less than 1000000000 a month, which is solely an estimation, I will’t pin it down at a precise determine at this degree.)

He mentioned they hope DBM would switch the budget by way of this week since the earmarked P5.2 billion will simplest ultimate till the early a part of the fourth quarter this 12 months.

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“Itong (This) P5.2 billion is excellent till perhaps the early a part of the 4th quarter,” he famous. “Wala pang (Now we have no longer reached) third quarter, so we’re excellent in that sense, there shall be extra time to additional coordinate with the DBM.”

Cacdac up to now mentioned OWWA was once anticipating the coming of a minimum of 2,000 OFWs an afternoon and as many as 60,000 OFWs in a month. The choice of OFW arrivals is estimated to achieve 480,000 for the rest 8 months of the 12 months.

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