Gwen Garcia insists: No mandatory quarantine for Cebu-bound OFWs, non-OFWs

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The provincial government of Cebu will still not require repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and returning non-OFWs bound for the province to undergo the mandatory quarantine despite the latest order of the government’s Covid-19 task force.

To counter the spread of new variants, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases issued Resolution No. 114 dated May 6, 2021 requiring all arriving travelers to undergo the 14-day facility-based quarantine.

The first 10 days must be observed in a government-accredited quarantine facility, with the remainder to be completed under home quarantine in their respective local government units of destination, the IATF said. (

Also, the Task Force required inbound travelers to be tested for Covid-19 on the seventh day of their quarantine, citing the findings that an individual’s viral load is high on the seventh or eighth day.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, however, said OFWs and non-OFWs returning to Cebu are no longer required to isolate unless they tested positive for the viral disease. They will only undergo the RT-PCR test upon arrival, added Garcia.

“I have already stated my position on the matter under EO (Executive Order No.) 17,” she said.

Under EO 17, Filipino travelers from overseas will only be required to fill up the mandatory online Passenger Registration Form at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, RT-PCR tests upon arrival, and pre-book hotel room where they will be waiting for their results.