Island quarantine for China repatriates urged

February 08, 2020

A VETERAN solon is proposing either Caballo Island or Corregidor Island as the quarantine place for returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Manila Rep. Manny Lopez made this proposal following reports that local officials of the Capas, Tarlac objected to the use of sports facilities in New Clark City for quarantine.

Lopez, chairman of the House Committee on Metro Manila Development, filed a resolution recommending to the national government the use of these two islands which are just off Manila Bay.

Earlier, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said the local officials of Capas refused to house the OFWs to be repatriated from China for fear of possible spread of the virus.

In fact the town officials have adopted a resolution opposing the health department’s plan saying the place is not designed as a quarantine station in this kind of public health emergency situation.

Lopez said in this type of situation it is best to utilize the island for the safety of all the people.

“Caballo Island or Corregidor Island is safer and more practical because they are isolated from the cities.  We can better prevent the possibility of the NCoV spreading to nearby communities,” Lopez explained.

He also recalled that Caballo Island had been used as quarantine site in 2014 for members of the Philippine peacekeeping contingent after their assignment in Ebola-stricken Liberia.

“It has already been proven as an effective site for quarantine before, so why not use it again now?” he suggested.