BUREAU of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have been ordered to tightly screen arriving Filipinos to help health authorities in identifying overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who will be subjected to mass testing and undergo mandatory 14-day facility quarantine as required by the Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).
The directive is in line with the recent pronouncement from the IATF requiring arriving OFWs to undergo mass rapid testing at the airport before they are brought to a designated facility for their mandatory quarantine.
It was learned from BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval that based on some reports, there are passengers who do not admit or declare that they are OFWs, in order to avoid being quarantined.
BI port operations division chief Grifton Medina disclosed that a one-stop shop for arriving OFWs is now in place at the NAIA. Medina said BI officers will conduct redundancy check for arriving Filipinos to see if OFWs have been seen and inspected by the BOQ after disembarking from the aircraft.