Occupants of Makati Palace Hotel in Barangay Poblacion near the city’s central business district were alarmed Monday after a group of seafarers checked in at the establishment.
A video provided to the Daily Tribune by Bea Jacinto, Rajah Broadcasting Network EVP, showed her conversation with a female employee.
She said the seafarers have undergone a two-week quarantine and were already declared coronavirus-free.
When asked for the clearance certificate from the Department of Health, the female employee said she would request for it.
“We aren’t safe. They should give all the residents proof that this is an accredited quarantine facility and we should have a copy that these seafarers tested negative for Covid. Nobody wants to answer or take responsibility,” Jacinto lamented.
Jacinto said hotel security and the girl in the video confirmed the seafarers are in the hotel but nobody from the building administration wants to address the issue.
Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary for Communications and Commuter Affairs Goddes Hope Libiran told the Daily Tribune that once the Bureau of Quarantine gives the clearance, overseas Filipino workers are sent home.
In the case of the seafarers checking at the Makati Palace Hotel which is owned by Swire Realty, Libiran said the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration or Department of Tourism should also issue a clearance.
“Lahat ng seafarers sa quarantine ships na tapos na sa mandatory quarantine ay may certificate. ‘Yung issue po sa Makati hotel is sagot dapat ng OWWA at DOT,” the DOTr official said.
There are three quarantine ships with 395 OFWs, including 20 sea-based workers, as of Saturday. No positive cases have been recorded among them.
The accredited We Heal As One Centers for returning OFWs are the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Manila; Philippine International Convention Center Forum Halls and World Trade Center in Pasay City; ASEAN Convention Center in Clark, Pampanga; National Government Administrative Center and the Athletes’ Village in New Clark City, Capas, Tarlac; PhilSports Arena (formerly Ultra) in Pasig City; Philippine Arena in Bulacan; and Filinvest Tent in Muntinlupa.