Cebuano doctors back IATF arrival policies

A GROUP of Cebuano doctors has expressed full support for the Inter-Agency Task Force’s (IATF) policy for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) mandating a 10-day facility-based quarantine followed by four-day home quarantine and swabbing on the seventh day from arrival. On the other hand, seafarers’ groups have appealed to the IATF […]

Espinoza: Who to follow?

Tug-of-war is a popular parlor game in a big family or group in an outdoor setting. Two groups hold one end of the rope and the mighty and more powerful group who can pull the group to their side wins. The situation now between the Provine of Cebu and the IATF is like a tug-of-war […]

Cebu’s swab-upon-arrival policy gains more support

FIVE senators and a partylist representative have expressed support for Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia’s swab-upon-arrival policy for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs). In a statement, Sen. Joel Villanueva described Cebu’s policy as “a sensible, but science-based” way of screening travelers for coronavirus and “low-cost but highly effective.” “It is a kind […]

Gwen’s policy on int’l arrivals backed by 8 Cebu lawmakers

EIGHT lawmakers of Cebu Province signed a manifesto of support for the Provincial Government’s swab-upon-arrival policy and Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia’s stand on exercising local autonomy. They also urged the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases “to respect the rule of law, respect the Philippine Constitution and respect the local autonomy […]

DOLE suspends OFW deployment to Saudi Arabia

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has temporarily suspended the deployment overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Saudi Arabia after reports that outbound OFWs were obliged to pay for their own coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tests and other health safety measures. Based on a memorandum addressed to Labor Undersecretary Bernard P. Olalia dated May 27 […]

‘Quarantine hotel frontliners’ jabbed, as PBB offers free swab tests to OFWs

AROUND a hundred hotel frontliners in quarantine and isolation hotels have been vaccinated against Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu (HRRAC) said on Saturday, April 3, 2021. HRRAC president Alfred Reyes told SunStar Cebu that the vaccination started in the last week of March […]