PCG announces urgent hiring of medical technologists; gov’t agencies open quarantine ‘one-stop shop’ for OFWs

Published April 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Betheena Unite and Ariel Fernandez

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) announced Saturday that it is need of registered medical technologists to augment the organization’s medical service workforce.

The PCG said the recruitment is urgent and they will be accepting applicants starting Saturday (April 25).

“If you are a registered medical technologist, the country needs you,” the Coast Guard said in an advisory. “The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is looking for 30 registered medical technologists to augment the capacity of the PCG – Medical Service amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“Qualified applicants will be hired immediately as regular Coast Guard officers starting today, April 25, 2020. They will bear the rank of probationary ensign and will receive P45,000 (gross monthly salary),” the Coast Guard added.

Interested individuals should send their inquiries and applications to [email protected]

Once hired, the medical technologists will be deployed to a one-stop shop (OSS) established at NAIA Terminal 1 to assist repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who will have to undergo the mandatory 14-day facility-based quarantine against COVID-19.

The medical technologists will be tasked to take COVID-19 rapid blood tests of returning OFWs upon arrival. Some of them will also be deployed to the quarantine facility in Pier 15.

Terminal one-stop shop

Earlier, various government agencies joined forces to establish the OSS that will identify for repatriates the isolation facilities where they are to take their 14-day mandatory quarantine.

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) Public Affairs Office (PAO) head Connie Bungag said these agencies were the MIAA, PCG, Department of Transportation (DOTr), Department of Tourism (DOT), Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Office for Transportation Security (OTS), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ).

At the commissioning ceremony of the Pier 15 Covid-19 Treatment Facility, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said information about available quarantine facilities will be shown on a monitoring chart.

“Maglalagay din tayo ng mga monitoring chart para makita kung anu-ano pa ang mga available na quarantine facility ng gobyerno na pwedeng matuluyan ng mga paparating na OFW, dahil hindi magandang tingnan na dadalhin sila sa isang lugar at sasabihin no vacancy, at pagkatapos ay lilipat ka na naman,” Tugade said.

(We will post a monitoring chart to show the available facilities where they can

undergo quarantine, because it doesn’t look good that they are brought to a facility only to be told there are no vacancies, and then to be moved again.)

Inputs for the monitoring charts are provided by the MIAA, PCG, OWWA, DOT, and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), among other agencies.

Office for Transportation Security Administrator Undersecretary Raul Del Rosario, who oversees the operation of the OSS, said it will process the repatriated OFWs upon arrival and ferry them to their respective quarantine facilities.

They will also brief repatriates about the implementation of Inter-Agency Task Force Resolution No. 23, which mandates returning OFWs, whether sea-based or land-based, to undergo a mandatory 14-day facility quarantine upon arrival in the country.

OFWs are also required to accomplish a data form and answer questions regarding their travel history and existing health conditions. The information will be stored in a database to help authorities in contact tracing if the need arises, Del Rosario said.

Moreover, a Coast Guard medical team will perform rapid COVID-19 testing on OFWs at the OSS holding area at Gate 1, NAIA Terminal 1. The results of the rapid test will be shared with the OFWs. A second rapid testing will be conducted on the 14th day of their quarantine.

The concerned agencies are also replicating the OSS on Saturday (April 25) at NAIA Terminal 2, where charter flights of repatriated OFWs are being operated.

Meanwhile, Tugade has instructed MARINA to also put up OSS in ports and conduct rapid testing on returning OFWs carried by ships.

Pier 15 COVID-19 facility

The DOTr, together with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) started operating on April 21 a new COVID-19 Treatment Facility at the Eva Macapagal Super Terminal in Pier 15, at the Manila Port Area.

The quarantine terminal to treat patients with mild symptoms of the coronavirus disease is located near two docked passenger vessels that have been converted into floating quarantine hospitals.

The two quarantine ships have been accommodating repatriated OFWs since April 12.