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OWWA head, RIATF chair meet today on OFWs testing woes


  • OWWA not spending anymore for RT-PCR tests of returning OFWs
  • Gasataya says he found out about this after he received complaints about delays in the release of RT-PCR tests

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Lone District Cong. Greg Gasataya said a coordination meeting is expected to be held today between the chair of the regional COVID inter-agency task force and the head of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration to discuss concerns over testings for returning overseas workers.

Gasataya said solutions are hoped to be found during the meeting today between OWWA chief Hans Cacdac and RIATF chair Jose Robert Nunez after he found out that the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is not paying anymore for the RT-PCR tests of OFWs returning here.

He said Cacdac told him that OWWA, a national agency, is now paying only for the airfare and hotels or other accommodation facilities where the returned overseas workers will be quarantined.

Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.


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