Citing bad conditions, 64 travelers quarantined in Batangas resort return to Manila

Sixty four of the 104 travelers admitted in Canyon Woods, a Batangas resort, for COVID-19 quarantine procedures have returned to Manila after complaining of unacceptable conditions that welcomed them upon their arrival on Wednesday, December 30.

An ABS-CBN report cited a lack of running water, internet communications, and proper clean facilities, among others, as reasons for their wanting to find a better place to stay for the quarantine period.

Of this number, 30 are Korean nationals, 4 are Americans, 1 is a British national and 29 are returning overseas Filipinos.

“It’s only the hotel’s standard did not live up to the expectation of the visitors,” said DOH 4A Regional Director Dr. Eduardo Janairo.

Janairo said Canyon Woods resort has long been operating as a government identified facility for returning Filipinos who need to undergo quarantine and DOH staff never left the place. 

The travelers arrived at the resort on Wednesday morning and found themselves boarding a bus back to Manila by 11 pm after National Task Force Kalinga issued a release order for their transfer.

They were given a list of accredited hotels where they can quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.

The management of Canyon Woods declined to give a comment as of posting. –