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Guv seeks to halt repatriations anew

GOVERNOR Eugenio Jose Lacson is asking for another seven-day moratorium for the return to the province of overseas Filipino workers and locally stranded individuals from October 1 to October 7.

In a letter to Juan Jovian Ingeniero, director of the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease, dated September 28, Lacson reiterated congestion and non-availability of the quarantine facilities in the province due to immense influx of returning OFWs and LSIs.

Lacson also said due to the rising number of Covid-19 positive cases in the province, Negros Occidental is having difficulty in ensuring that all returning OFWs and LSIs are properly accommodated at the quarantine facilities.

"It is our protocol that returning OFWs and LSIs are subjected to mandatory quarantine pending the result of their RT-PCR test. The OFWs and LSIs are then brought to the hotel or designated quarantine facilities. In fact, Covid positive cases stay longer in the quarantine facilities due to re-swabbing and re-testing until their RT-PCR tests turn out negative thereby, increasing the congestion in the quarantine facilities and non-availability of proper quarantine facilities for the other returning OFWs and LSIs," Lacson added.


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