overseas Filipinos

OWWA puts up info portal for returning OFWs

Michelle Abad
OWWA puts up info portal for returning OFWs

RETURN. About 22 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) based in Afghanistan, arrive at the Manila International Airport Terminal 2 from London on August 25, 2021.

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The e-portal also contains updated travel policy information for non-OFWs and foreigners

An e-portal containing information for returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) can now be accessed on the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) website.

The site, which can be accessed at quarantineadvisor.owwa.gov.ph, was communicated to reporters via the Department of Labor and Employment’s Viber group on Wednesday, November 17.

The site contains pre-departure, arrival, and quarantine protocols for OFWs based on the latest policies of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

There is also a link to download the OWWA Uwian Na app, which facilitates OFWs’ requirements and quarantine hotel bookings.

Though the portal is on the OWWA website, the infographics still include information for foreigners and non-OFWs (e.g. Filipinos who are permanent migrants abroad, tourists, students, and other non-OWWA members).

The e-portal also lists the current “red,” “yellow,” and “green” lists of countries, which determine a traveler’s arrival requirements based on their country of origin.

Fully vaccinated OFWs and non-OFWs coming from “green” countries are not required to undergo facility-based quarantine once they get to the Philippines.

OWWA announced the details on the portal as overseas Filipinos plan to come home for the holidays. New COVID-19 cases in the country have also been decreasing as the Delta variant surge subsides and vaccination rates increase.

Filipinos who have tried to come home dealt with confusing policies that played out differently on the ground.

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Michelle Abad

Michelle Abad is a researcher-writer at Rappler. Possessing the heart and soul of a feminist, she is working on specializing in women's issues in Newsbreak, Rappler's investigative arm.