For Evelyn, she has eagerly waited for this moment to home for good and be reunited with her family in Barangay Nagbacalan, Paoay, Ilocos Norte after working abroad for 14 years.
She, together with other OFWs, stayed in a hotel in Manila to complete her supposedly 14-day quarantine but it dragged to 25 days while waiting for the result of rapid antibody testing.
However, she said she is still grateful to the government for doing its best to ensure the protection of everyone in this time of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
“Upon arrival at the NAIA airport, we were fetched and checked in a hotel. They attended to all our needs and patiently escorted us back home,” she said in video call upon arrival in Paoay.
Evelyn is among the 200 OFWs from Northern Luzon (Ilocos and Cordillera) who finally were sent home to their provinces on Tuesday with the help of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and other government agencies.
With six more days to stay in an isolation facility provided by the local government unit of Paoay near the town’s rural health clinic, she said she will be reunited with her husband and three children by next week.
“I’ll be staying here for seven days and if negative in the coronavirus testing, we agreed that I will be sent home for seven more days home quarantine,” she said.
Complying with the quarantine protocols may get so boring but she said, “I’m am thankful for all the support. This is not only for me and my family but for all of us to be safe.” (PNA)
By Leilanie Adriano