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Go pushes for immediate repatriation of Filipinos in Hubei

February 07, 2020 - Friday 6:02 PM by MDM

Article Banner Image Senator Christopher Lawrence Go speaks tor reporters in Quezon City where he visited victims of a recent fire. Contributed photo

Senator Christopher Lawrence Go on Thursday said he is coordinating with concerned government agencies to hasten the repatriation of Filipinos in Wuhan City and other parts of Hubei province in China who have expressed desire to return home amid the ongoing 2019 novel coronavirus nCoV outbreak in China.

In an interview during his visit to fire victims in Quezon City, Go said the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) may be repatriated “anytime soon.”

He also expressed his concern for the Filipinos who are currently in Wuhan, the ground zero of the global health emergency.

“They will come (home) soon. Anytime in the next few days, kaya inihahanda na po ang possible quarantine areas,” Go said, urging officials to expedite the repatriation process.

“Dapat sa lalong madaling panahon, while observing our health protocols. Kung pumayag na ang bansang China, ready na po, pauwiin na po (agad). Kawawa din sila roon. Hindi nababayaran ang lungkot at pangamba sa ibang bansa,” he added. 

Go, who is also the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, said Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) president and Presidential Adviser for Flagship Programs Vince Dizon is coordinating with the Department of Health (DOH) in preparing the Athletes’ Village in New Clark City in Tarlac as a quarantine area for repatriated Filipinos.

“Na-offer po ito ni Vince Dizon ng BCDA na ready po at mas kumpleto ang pasilidad sa Athletes’ Village. Ready to accommodate po sila (ng mga Pilipino na) coming from China,” Go said.

“Kung saan komportable (at ligtas) ang mga Pilipino, ‘yun ang preference ng Pangulo,” he added.

Go also said New Clark City would be a strategic site for the quarantine protocol because its location is near the Clark International Airport.

“‘Yung Clark din po, malapit sa airport. Kung sakali, pwede silang i-diretso roon at makababawas pa sa pangamba ng mga Pilipino,” he said. 

According to the  Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases, there are 45 Filipinos so far who will be repatriated from Wuhan City.

They are currently finalizing the documents needed, with the help of foreign affairs officials and Chinese authorities, in order to be allowed by the Chinese government to be repatriated back to the Philippines.

Once granted permission by the Chinese authorities to exit China, the repatriation is tentatively scheduled on February 8 and the repatriates are expected to arrive in the Philippines the next day, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The government will be assigning officers to help in the repatriation, including doctors and nurses from DOH. Personal protective equipment shall be provided to the team. MDM