Inbound passengers: OFWs react to PH’s limit of 1,500 a day

Several OFWs in the Middle East reacted to the government’s order that limits to only 1,500 inbound passengers will be allowed every day this coming summer. 

Most of them are questioning why OFWs are being affected by the problem saying they’re not the ones bringing home the coronavirus to the country. 

OFWs shared their thoughts on the comment section of the “Kaagapay ng Bawat OFW” Facebook page.

Facebook user Aunzo Utbo Aldaya Bhemz, commented that OFWs are not the ones that cause the increase of Covid-19 infections but those careless individuals in the Philippines.

Another OFW, Susan Alano Hermogeno, asked whether OFWs are responsible for the rise of Covid-19 infections or the recklessness of Filipinos in the country. 

Meanwhile, not all are disgareeing. Some OFWs voiced their agreement to the government’s oder to limit the number of Filipinos returning home.

According to Marivic Husain Jaron, it is preferable that there is a limit to the number of people going home because it is for everybody’s safety when they land in the Philippines.

“It is better because our government is thinking of the welfare of the majority, and the limit to the number of people going home will not take long,” said Thelma Pelisan Montederamos, another OFW.

Some returning Filipinos are excited to go home but are also worried that their flight will be canceled.

“Excited na po ako umuwi dahil two years and two months na ako, March 28 po ang flight ko. Gusto ko na umuwi, kabado ako sir, ‘yan ang inaalala ko sir, said Bhe May Florano who works as a domestic helper in Saudi Arabia in an interview with GMA News.

However, she understands why our government limits the number of people who are allowed to go home.

Maybelle Bulan Dumolpan who also works as a domestic helper in Saudi Arabi and is scheduled to return home on April 15, shared the same sentiment. 

“Nalukungkot po ako sa balita, kasi lahat ng mga OFW na end-contract gustong umuwi sa Pinas,” said Dumolpan.

Despite this, she said there is nothing she could do if it is the government’s order.

Due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the country, only 1,500 inbound passengers (OFWs) every day will be allowed to go home starting from March 20 to April 19. Non OFWs and foreigners will not be allowed to enter the country.

Source: GMA News

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