Owwa welcomes dropping of OFW quarantine requirement

28/01/2022 12:38:00 PM

Owwa welcomes dropping of OFW quarantine requirement

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Owwa welcomes dropping of OFW quarantine requirement

THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) welcomed Friday, January 28, the Inter-Agency Task Force’s (IATF) decision to drop the mandatory facility-based quarantine...

+THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) welcomed Friday, January 28, the Inter-Agency Task Force’s (IATF) decision to drop the mandatory facility-based quarantine policy for arriving travelers, including overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).In a virtual press briefing, Owwa Deputy Administrator Arnel Ignacio said they welcome the policy as it will reduce their expenses in providing hotel quarantine assistance to returning OFWs.

"Its immediate effect is on our expenses. We will finally be able to get a reprieve since the expenses we are processing are really overwhelming," said Ignacio.He said he believes that many OFWs will qualify under the said policy as many are already fully vaccinated by their host countries.

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In a virtual press briefing, Owwa Deputy Administrator Arnel Ignacio said they welcome the policy as it will reduce their expenses in providing hotel quarantine assistance to returning OFWs. "Its immediate effect is on our expenses. 15, 2022, new cases reached 39,004, marking a grim milestone since the start of the pandemic. We will finally be able to get a reprieve since the expenses we are processing are really overwhelming," said Ignacio. Each worker may receive P5,000 cash assistance under the program. He said he believes that many OFWs will qualify under the said policy as many are already fully vaccinated by their host countries. This was evidenced by a high household transmission rate, where one infected individual could lead to infecting everyone at home. "Currently, especially OFWs from the Middle East, they are generally fully vaccinated already," noted Ignacio.  Culkin rose to fame with his role as Kevin McCallister in the blockbuster comedy film Home Alone, while Song is best known for her roles in the Disney film Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.

The labor official, though, expressed hopes that the eased protocols will not result in higher number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases. Thus, a majority of the infected were able to recover through home isolation, utilizing home remedies that ease the virus’ symptoms. (What we will do is download around P130 million to accommodation the 25,000 affected workers. "We can only hope that it will not result in the return of a bigger surge in cases," said Ignacio. Starting February 1, 2022, the Philippines will no longer require facility-based quarantine to fully vaccinated international travelers, including OFWs. Depending on the number of days and pursuant to their company’s policies, this has affected their take-home pay, which negatively impacts their capability to pay rent, electricity, and even for medicines. This, according to the IATF, is as long as they are tested negative for Covid-19 within 48 hours prior to departure, and commit to self-monitor for any sign or symptom for seven days. Metro Manila, along with over 60 provinces and highly-urbanized cities, including Baguio City, Pampanga, Bulacan, Bataan, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Iloilo City and Cebu City, are under Alert Level 3. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Owwa has been shouldering the food, transportation, and quarantine expenses of all returning OFWs. In a statement, the SSS clarified that members who cannot work due to sickness or injury and are confined, either in a hospital or at home for at least four days, could avail of the sickness benefit.

(HDT/SunStar Philippines) View Comments Disclaimer SunStar website welcomes friendly debate, but comments posted on this site do not necessarily reflect the views of the SunStar management and its affiliates. SunStar reserves the right to delete, reproduce, or modify comments posted here without notice. The statement added that COVID-infected members in home confinement can “qualify under the program if they have paid at least three monthly contributions within the last 12 months before the semester of sickness or injury and are confined either in a hospital or at home for at least four days. SunStar reserves the right to delete, reproduce, or modify comments posted here without notice. Posts that are inappropriate will automatically be deleted. Forum Rules Do not use obscenity. But they “should have used all their current company sick leave with pay and notified their employer about their sickness. Some words have been banned. Some words have been banned.

Stick to the topic. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) also called on the private sector to assist their employees who are sick. Do not veer away from the discussion. Be coherent.” It added that the “paid isolation and quarantine leaves shall be without prejudice to other benefits provided by the SSS and the Employees’ Compensation Commission. Be coherent. Do not shout or use CAPITAL LETTERS! Trending .