DFA-DOH team flies to Wuhan to fetch Pinoys

February 08, 2020

A TEAM from the Department of Foreign Affairs Home Office left for Wuhan City last night to assist Filipinos who will be repatriated from the epicenter of the 2019-nCoV ARD.

The group was with a medical team from the Department of Health.

The 3-member Health Emergency Response Team (HERT), composed of Rowell Casaclang, Abdul Rahman Pacasum, and Richard delos Santos from the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (OUMWA), will be joined by a 5-member medical team from the Department of Health (DOH).

They took off on a Royal Air flight arranged by the DFA after receiving clearance from Chinese authorities.

According to Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Sarah Lou Y. Arriola, the team “is already experienced in repatriation operations, and has been briefed and prepared for this particular assignment.

They will also undergo simulation exercise at Clark International Airport a day before the flight to ensure fast and efficient operation.”

On the flight back to Clark, the DFA team will assist the repatriates to complete immigration documents, and other requirements.

Upin arrival in Clark today (Sunday), the team will ensure orderly disembarkation and transfer to the Athletes’ Village in New Clark City, Tarlac which will be their home for the 14-day mandatory quarantine period.

The crew who manned the flight will likewise be subjected to the 14-day quarantine.