Right after Duterte issued his order, DILG undersecretary for operations Epimaco Densing III issued a memorandum alerting regional directors, provincial governors, city and municipal mayors. The reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test is what’s being conducted to determine if an individual has SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019. This was what the spokesperson of Western Visayas’ interagency task force on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Atty. Roy Villa, said when asked about the region’s readiness to accept more repatriated overseas workers. ILOILO City – “I think everything is in place already.” Duterte ordered the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Department of Health (DOH), and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to expedite the COVID-19 test results of the stranded OFWs so they could return home. * The OFWs shall be fetched from their hotel/quarantine facility and accompanied by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and/or OWWA, and shall be brought to PITX and the NAIA Terminal II for them to board their respective transportation arranged by the government. They must ensure the “unhampered mass transport of repatriated OFWs to all regions of the country,” Densing stressed. President Rodrigo Duterte wanted all 24,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) stuck in quarantine centers in Metro Manila sent back to their respective provinces, cities and towns within a week, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said yesterday. As long as the required documents are shown by each of these overseas workers, LGUs must accept them, he stressed. “Puwede nilang gamitin ang lahat ng resources ng gobyerno at lahat ng pamamaraan ng transportasyon – bus, mapa-eroplano, mga barko – para mapauwi na ang mga OFWs,” said Roque. The DILG suggested the following in the processing of the stranded OFWs in Metro Manila: “If the OFW has incomplete or no documents on hand, the LGU may just have to quarantine him/her or PCR-test him/her, then isolate while waiting for the result,” added Densing. “Sige ang aton pag-remind sa mga local government units (LGUs) nga pabaskugon pa gid nila ang ila capacity with respect sa quarantine facilities,” said Villa. The stranded OFWs in Metro Manila would be returning to their home provinces, towns and cities between May 25 to 27 at an estimated number of 8,000 per day using various modes of transport – air, land and sea. * A one-stop shop shall be set up by the different concerned agencies to assist the OFWs at the airport, while awaiting their scheduled flights./PN * The OFWs should present the copy of their quarantine certificate from the Bureau of Quarantine or that they are included in the master list of the PCG of those who tested negative for COVID-19. “We may have to inform you of the transits (but) without the names (of the OFWs),” Densing informed LGUs.