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Returning OFWs told to sign up with Dole ‘tracking’ system for quick help

11 June 2020

By The SUN

The Dole-run system is means to track returning OFWs from the airport until they reach their homes

Overseas Filipino workers who are planning to return to the Philippines during the pandemic are being advised to register with an online system that the Department of Labor and Employment says will help ensure they are helped as soon as they get there.

The so-called OFW Assistance Information System (Oasis) was activated by Dole today, Jun 11, and is said “to facilitate an orderly and smooth repatriation and assistance” to the thousands of Filipinos who fly home each day.
In a press statement, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the repatriation tracker will make the government more responsive and prepared for the arrival of OFWs.

“An oasis symbolizes hope in a desert of trials. The system that we created aims to give our OFWs a ray of hope by ensuring that we provide them efficient and timely assistance to ease their anxieties when returning home in the midst of this pandemic,” he said.
The move comes as 42,000 OFWs are expected to return home within the month. Last month, 24,000 OFWs were transported to their home provinces after being stuck in quarantine centers for up to two months despite testing negative for Covid-19.

Government officials say no more than 1,500 OFWs will be allowed to fly in each day to ensure that the quarantine facilities in Metro Manila will no longer be overwhelmed.
 
All returnees must undergo swab tests for Covid-19 on arrival in the Philippines
They are also promising a wait of no more than three days for the swab test results. If the OFW tests negative, he or she will be allowed to go home, but will be subject to whatever quarantine regulations will be imposed by the officials of their local government units.

To register with Oasis, a returning OFW must log in to oasis.owwa.gov.ph, then fill up a form with their personal data, their date and time of arrival, flight number, as well as their health condition.

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The system, run by the Dole command center, will enable the government to determine and immediately provide the kind of support needed by OFWs displaced by the pandemic.

This will include ensuring their organized arrival at the airport, faster swab testing and transport to their quarantine facilities.

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But as soon as they land in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the OFWs may also seek help at the One-Stop Shop in terminals 1 and 2, which is run jointly by various government departments, to know where they should go for their mandatory quarantine.
According to a statement from the Department of Transportation, the One-Stop shops have served a total of 31,673 since they stated operating on Apr 23.


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