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No quarantine violation: Mocha defends OFW gathering in Batangas

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Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) deputy administrator Mocha Uson has denied violating the quarantine regulations when she met a group of overseas Filipino workers in Batangas.

Uson, in a Facebook post, said she visited the place to remind the OFWs about the quarantine restrictions enforced by the national government as well try to boots their morale.

She asked for understanding after some critics demanded her resignation over the alleged “mass gathering” at the Batangas resort last April 25.

At present, the government bans large gatherings as part of the extended community quarantine implemented in Luzon to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

“Ang pagbisitang ito rin sa kanila ay aming ginawa upang palakasin ang kanilang loob, at ipabatid sa kanila na hindi sila pinapabayaan ng ating administrayon. Kami ay bumisita nang may mahigpit na pagsunod sa mga alituntunin ng IATF, mula pa nang nagsimula ang ECQ noong ika-15 ng Marso,” Uson explained.

“Amin po lamang sinisiguro ang ating mga OFW, ang ating mga bagong bayani, ay ligtas at malayo sa anuman uri ng panganib sa panahong ito ng CoVid-19 pandemic. Taos-puso po akong nagpapasalamat sa inyong pag-unawa,” she said.

In her recent visit to Batangas, Uson said she distributed hygiene kits to the repatriated workers currently undergoing a two-week quarantine since they returned to the country.

She also gave a briefing to the OFWs about the ECQ rules, including home quarantine and social distancing.
She reminded the OFWs not leave their quarantine facilities after learning about reports some were loitering along the Matabungkay beach.

“Ang kanilang diumano’y pamamalagi sa labas ay hindi ayon sa quarantine protocols, na siyang nilang dapat iwasan para hindi sila katakutan o husgahan ng mga lokal na komunidad sa kanilang quarantine facility,” she said.

Uson also tried to highlight the plight the repatriated OFWs, saying they endure stress and discrimination from others who fear they are potential carriers of the coronavirus.

“Ang kanilang pananatili sa quarantine facilities ay siya ring nagpapatindi ng kanilang lumbay sa pagkawalay sa kanilang mahal sa buhay,” she said.

“Ang lahat ng ito ay malaking dagok para sa kanilang isip at damdamin, na kung tutuusin ay hindi nila dapat maranasan kung wala ang CoVid-19,” she said.

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