City braces for OFWs, stranded Davaoeños arriving this week

May. 11, 2020

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The public is warned to expect that Davaoeños who will be arriving after being stranded outside the city during the pandemic may be possible carriers of the coronavirus (Covid-19) and will undergo testing and quarantine.

This was raised by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio during her daily talk at Davao City Disaster Radio aired on Monday afternoon.

The city has been arranging sweeper flights to ferry Davaoeños from Manila in the past week. Two flights that will carry overseas workers are scheduled to arrive on May 12 and 14, facilitated by the Department of Transportation Task Force.

“We should (assume) that there will be persons positive with the virus,” she said.

Last Wednesday, it was announced that one of the 270 passengers in the flight last May 6 had tested positive from Covid-19.

The Davao City Information Office had released a statement asking all family members of passengers on that flight must “avoid direct physical contact” while placing themselves under the 14-day mandatory quarantine.

Mayor Duterte said all passengers into the Davao International Airport will go through the screening protocols that include the rapid diagnostic test. Those who fail this diagnostics will be immediately brought to Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) for a swab test using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) machine. (

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