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Palace denies lapses in sending OFWs, LSIs home but admits: Kulang na kulang ang test kits

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By Prince Golez

There are no lapses in the transport of returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and locally stranded individuals (LSIs) to their home provinces, Malacañang said Monday.

“Siguro walang namang lapses. Ang meron po tayo kakulangan ng testing kits. Napakadami po kasi na mga OFWs na umuuwi. Naubos po, sila ang gumagamit ng mga testing kits natin na PCR (polymerase chain reaction),” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a virtual presser aired on state-run PTV-4.

Some local government units have lamented the absence of coordination from the government agencies on the arrival of OFWs and LSIs.

They also complained that Filipino repatriates coming from Manila tested positive for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) upon arrival in their home province.

“Itong mga darating na panahon, sabi ni (National Task Force Covid-19 chief implementer) Secretary (Carlito) Galvez (Jr.), dumating na yung binili natin na P8 million na testing kits o parating pa lamang. Pag dumating ito, mabibigyan natin ang lahat na uuwi sa kanilang probinsya ng PCR tests,” said Roque.

“Dahil nga po sa kakulangan, yung mga stranded individuals pinakuha lang ng mga health certificates at pagdating dun sa lugar na uuwian nila kung merong PCR tests capability, ipi-PCR sila at kung wala naman 14-day quarantine. Wala naman masama sa 14-day quarantine dahil kaag ikaw meorng sakit basta ikaw ay mag-quarantine gagaling ka naman po kung hindi naman seryoso ‘yan,” he added.

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