LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, May 30 (PIA) - Some 565 repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Pangasinan enjoyed an unhampered mass transport in reaching their respective localities through the help of the government.
The Task Force for the Repatriation of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Pangasinan, which was formed by Governor Amado Espino III, partnered with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) for its "Tulong-Sundo sa OFWs Project" to assist returning Pangasinense OFWs affected by the travel restriction as the entire Luzon was earlier placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
OWWA has earlier requested the provincial government to help provide transportation assistance to the workers who have completed the mandatory 14-day quarantine and swab test.
With this, the provincial government mobilized two provincial buses, one 6x6 rescue truck plus a truck of the Philippine National Police and support personnel on a 24-hour basis at the drop-off point at the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX)-Urdaneta Exit Point.
RETURNING HOME. The Pangasinense OFWs have started returning to their respective localities this week from May 26 until May 30 through the help of OWWA and the provincial government. Photo above shows one of the provincial buses that ferried the OFWs. (Photos courtesy of PIO)
OWWA will take charge in transporting the workers from Manila to the said drop-off point, the Provincial Information Office said.
Hence, the Pangasinense OFWs have started returning to their respective localities this week from May 26 until today, May 30.
Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Margilou Orange Humilde-Verzosa, the designated Task Force chairman, led a meeting to come up with recommendations for the smooth flow of travel.
"We also asked for the support of the local government units to help us pick them up kasi ang concern natin dito ay maging maayos ang pagdating ng ating mga OFWs," Board Member Verzosa said through the province's official Facebook Page.
In the national scene, it can be noted that the national government has sent home 22,426 stranded OFWs via bus, plane and ships paid for by the government including free PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing and quarantine accommodation. (JCR/AMB/VHS/PIA Pangasinan)