Eighteen Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) arrived here from Manila amid the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis, officials said Thursday.
Lt. Commander Jesse Guiniling, Zamboanga Coast Guard Station commander, said the 18 OFWs arrived at the local port around 4:50 p.m. Wednesday aboard M/V Saint Michael The Archangel of the 2GO Shipping Lines.
The OFWs are residents of this city and of the nearby provinces of Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Norte.
Guiniling said the OFWs were ferried on a pre-arranged trip and well-coordinated since both Manila and this city are under enhanced community quarantine due to Covid-19 crisis.
He said the OFWs were fetched to the Harmony Village, a 14-hectare farm and woodland nestled on a hill in Sitio Pitogo, Barangay Sinunuc, seven kilometers west of City Hall. The village belongs to the Italian-administered Silsilah Dialogue Movement.
Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra, head of the Silsilah Dialogue Movement, confirmed Thursday that the OFWs are currently housed at the Harmony Village
Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) chief, said the 18 OFWs were among the more 200 stranded residents they have profiled in preparation for their return to this city.
Apolinario said that they have to undergo quarantine procedures upon arrival here although they have already undergone similar procedures from their point of origin.
He said they are also required to submit birth and health certificates as well as chest x-ray results. Source: Philippines News Agency