Balik-Probinsya and Returning OFWs

June 3, 2020

Seventeen (17) repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and one hundred twenty-eight (128) locally stranded individuals (LSIs) arrived in Bislig City, as of June 2, 2020, through the "Balik-Probinsyan" Program.

They were successfully fetched by the vehicles sent by LGU Bislig at the provincial pick-up points, in close coordination with Emergency Operations Center (EOC) - Surigao del Sur (SDS), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) - Caraga and Provinial Government of SDS.

These OFWs from Manila have undergone and completed health screening protocols, such as Covid-19 test and mandatory 14-day facility-based quarantine, and all yielded negative for RT-PCR test before they were transported.

Upon arrival in Bislig City, they underwent health risk assessment, thermal scanning and checking of documents conducted by health professionals from City Health Office (CHO) - Bislig. They were ferried to their respective homes, and were advised to strictly observed another 14-day home quarantine period as added precautionary health measure.

They LSIs were also subject to health risk assessment upon arrival and a mandatory 14-day home quarantine for person with travel history from low-risk areas, and facility-based quarantine for person with travel history from high-risk areas with Covid-19 positive cases with local transmission.

In addition, incoming LSIs and OFWs showing Covid-19 symptoms upon arrival shall be brought to Bislig District Hospital for further medical check-up and intervention.

The LSIs and OFWs who are still on home and facility-based quarantine are closely monitored by health workers and barangay officials.

"Balik-Probinsya" Program is still accepting applications subject to the availability of Bislig City's quarantine facilities.