Philippines, the Bacolod government officials right now are in hot water after a group of seafarers voice out their concern about the displeasing accommodation they received from the said officials.
In a series of pictures posted online, it can be seen that the place provided for the OFWs is not fit to be considered as a quarantine facility. There is no proper ventilation. Two OFWs shared in one room and are only separated by a board where school activities are posted. No proper hygiene. And only provide the OFWs with folding beds and not even a mosquito net as protection against mosquitos. Aside from it’s unsightly, it’s also unsafe.
In a letter provided by one of the OFWs, they said that before they depart for Negros they all undergone rapid testing. They are also willing to submit to the mandatory 14-day quarantine before they can go home to each of their families. And they expect to be in a facility fit for quarantine and is approved by the DOH and the Bureau of Quarantine Standards.
“We are willing to submit ourselves to the 14 days mandatory quarantine before going back to our families but we are expecting to be accommodated in a facility approved by the DOH and Beaurue of Quarantine Standards.”
The provided facility is the Lopez Jaena Elementary School in Bacolod.
Meanwhile, one netizen commented a screenshot of a post where it’s being said that the OFWs should at least be thankful. That the said facility was used during Palaro, Scouting, Camping, Leadership Training, etc. and people seem to enjoy it. So why can’t the OFWs too?
Another netizen commented that it is only right for OFWs to look for accommodation fit for them because there is a budget allocated for it. And they are taxpayers and have been a big help to the Philippine economy.
Update: “OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac committed to us that they will be taking care of the hotel accommodations of Bacoleño OFWs required to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine period including those who will be arriving in the city. Those who are already under quarantine will be transferred. We thank the OWWA for their continued assistance to our OFWs.” – Congressman Greg Gasataya