Cebu solons back swab-upon-arrival rule for OFWs, returning overseas Pinoys

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At least eight congressmen from Cebu are supporting Governor Gwendolyn Garcia’s swab-upon-arrival policy for the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs).

Those who signed a manifesto supporting the provincial ordinance are Representatives Eduardo Gullas, Wilfredo Caminero, Pablo John Garcia, Janice Salimbangon, Vincent Frasco, Emmarie Dizon, Peter John Calderon, and Ako Bisaya Partylist Rep. Sonny Lagon.

The Cebuano solons also urged the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases to “respect the local autonomy of the Province of Cebu.” (

Under Executive Order No. 17, OFWs and ROFs will be subject to an RT-PCR test twice. The first will be at the Mactan Cebu International Airport upon their arrival.

If the result is negative, the individual will be sent to his or her local government unit and continue quarantine at home. On the seventh day, s/he will be subject to another swab test.

IATF Resolution No. 114, as amended by Resolution No. 116, requires single swabbing on arriving OFWs and ROF who will be quarantined first at a hotel for at least 10 days. They will be swabbed on the seventh day.

Cebu has been under modified general community quarantine for the past 10 months.