8-man DFA, DOH team off to Wuhan to repatriate Filipinos

Published February 8, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Betheena Kae Unite

An eight-man team from the Philippines will fly to Wuhan City, China tonight to assist in repatriating Filipinos from the epicenter of the 2019-novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Saturday.

DFA-OUMWA Senior Special Assistant Olivia V. Palala discusses details of the repatriation operation with airport officials. (Department of Foreign Affairs website/ MANILA BULLETIN)
DFA-OUMWA Senior Special Assistant Olivia V. Palala discusses details of the repatriation operation with airport officials. (Department of Foreign Affairs website/ MANILA BULLETIN)

The team from DFA and Department of Health (DOH) will leave from Clark International Airport on a Royal Air flight arranged by the DFA after receiving clearance from Chinese authorities.

Rowell Casaclang, Abdul Rahman Pacasum, and Richard de los Santos from the DFA’s Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs’ (OUMWA) form part of the Health Emergency Response Team (HERT), to be joined by a five-member medical team from the health department.

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

Arriola added that the team underwent a simulation exercise at Clark 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.

“On Sunday, upon arrival in Clark, the team will ensure an 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 agency said.

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

Read more: PH repatriation team now in Wuhan

 
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