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By: Mylen Manto | Published Friday, June 5, 2020
Through a memorandum issued on June 4, Gov. Gwen Garcia urged all mayors of the towns and cities of Cebu Province to allow OFWs who have fully complied to and completed the government quarantine protocols to their homes. (Donald Moga)

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia issued a memorandum addressed to all mayors of the towns and cities of Cebu Province setting guidelines for the unimpeded entry of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) into their homes.

This is to avoid incidents of OFWs barred from returning home by local officials even after full compliance of government protocols and passing home quarantine qualifications.

Based on the memorandum, OFWs will be allowed to go home to their respective hometowns after completion of their mandatory five-day quarantine in Cebu City. 

The receiving local government unit (LGU) will conduct social preparation in the OFWs’ residence and will pick them up at the quarantine facility. The OFWs on home quarantine will also be monitored by the local Covid-19 monitoring team.

“Under no circumstances shall returning OFWs be denied entry into their residence within the local government unit,” the memorandum read urging LGUs’ strict compliance. 

On Monday, June 1, Garcia received a complaint from Jude Matt Diaz, a returning OFW, who was refused entry by barangay officials upon his return in his residence at Purok 5, Sitio Ilaya, Barangay Panalipan, Catmon town.

Because of that, she ordered the removal of all barriers installed in barangays and sitios in Cebu Province, except checkpoints manned by the Philippine National Police (PNP) during her daily virtual presser on Tuesday, June 2.

The governor called on all Cebuanos to respect OFWs because of their big help, not just to their respective families, but to the economy of the Philippines as well through their remittance. 

She emphasized that prior to their arrival in Cebu, the OFWs have also been quarantined in Metro Manila, where some stayed for more than two months already. 

OFWs were cleared to go home to Cebu carrying with them a health clearance issued by the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) stating that their real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests yielded negative results of Covid-19, the governor added. (Mylen Manto)