By Rey Anthony Chiu, PIA-Bohol | 02:49 PM April 20, 2021
Taking cue from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) advisory, Bohol re-imposes the 14 days quarantine requirements for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs) upon their arrival in Bohol.
It may be recalled that the DILG issued an advisory dated march 31, 2021, urging Local Chief Executives to review their local quarantine protocols with regard to OFWs and ROFs to ensure their mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival in their localities due to increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
Earlier too, through a series of Executive Orders (EO), Bohol Governor Arthur Yap issued EO 17 series of 2021, followed by EO 17-A series of 2021 which requires only a negative test results of COVID through Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) as a requirement for entering the island. The same Cited EO removed the 14-day mandatory quarantine requirement.
The continuing increase in active cases of the disease in Bohol as is elsewhere in the country has pushed health authorities to review their positions, especially when the new COVID variants which are several times as transmissible, has apparently pointed to the direction of the source of the transmission.
On this, Gov. Yap issued in April 16, 2021, Executive Order No, 24, series of 2021, which re-imposes the requirement of mandatory 14-days of quarantine for OFWs and ROFs, upon their arrival in their respective municipalities.
The in the re-imposed mandatory quarantine however, the isolation takes into consideration the unexpended period of quarantine, which the OFW or ROF has been made to undergo in Metro Manila, or in any airport or port of entry or arrival in the country.
“The days they spent on quarantine upon arrival shall be credited and they shall only be required to undergo the remaining days of quarantine in their localities to complete the required 14 day quarantine,” states the most recent executive order.
The local health officials supervising the continuing quarantine will seek, as evidence of quarantine upon arrival, the OFW or ROF certification from the relevant government agency which accepted the arriving individual’s initial quarantine.
These agencies include the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Department of Health, Bureau of Quarantine, Department of Foreign Affairs, Bureau of Immigration, or the Philippine Coast Guard, for the days of quarantine upon arrival to be credited, the executive directive continues.
And to sweeten the pot further, the EO rules that home quarantine may be allowed provided that there is a separate room with its own rest room in the house and that the OFW and or ROF is monitored by local health workers during the remaining days of quarantine. (rahchiu/PIA-7/Bohol)