NegOcc mayors insist on mandatory 14-day quarantine for ROFs

MANDATORY QUARANTINE FOR ROFS. Governor Bong Lacson meets with the mayors of Negros Occidental to discuss additional local health protocols and the Operational Guidelines on the management of ROFs Thursday, September 3, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Capitol PIO)

MAYORS in Negros Occidental will require returning overseas Filipino workers to undergo a 14-day quarantine at government quarantine facilities.

The decision was made after an online meeting by the mayors together with Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, Thursday, September 3, 2020.

Lacson said the issue has already been settled with the mayors that a second swab is not needed for as long as said individual will undergo a 14-day quarantine.

"Our decision is based on Resolution 67, dated August 31 2020 of the National Inter-Agency Task Force," the governor pointed out.

Lacson said the mayors in the province are opposing "the operational guidelines on the management of returning overseas Filipinos (ROF), specifically on the arrival on final destination."

Dr. Maryln Convocar, regional health director, earlier reminded local government units (LGUs) in the Western Visayas region to have their barangay health workers monitor returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) after the national government said the 14-day quarantine is no longer required for OFWs.

The national task force this week announced that returning OFWs can go straight home as long as they tested negative for the novel coronavirus from their point of origin and in good health upon arriving in their hometowns.

The Department of Health-Western Visayas advised returning OFWs in Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros Occidental provinces, as well as the Cities of Iloilo and Bacolod to still undergo isolation.


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