The Clark Athletes Village during the 2019 SEA Games (PNA photo)

Preparations are underway at the Clark International Airport (CRK) in Pampanga for the arrival of the first batch of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) sent back from Wuhan, China.

The batch made up of 45 OFWs will arrive through a chartered flight from Wuhan where the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) acute respiratory disease originated from.

The Department of Health (DOH) noted that while in flight, the OFWs will be briefed on quarantine protocols and accomplish health cards.

Upon arrival, the OFWs will undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine in the New Clark City’s Athletes’ Village in Tarlac.

All pieces of luggage, the aircraft itself and the vehicles used for transport will be disinfected. 

While being quarantined, one person will stay in one room and his movement is restricted within the building.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III will be personally welcoming the OFWs to ensure that all medical protocols are met and that they are provided with medical logistics such as hygiene kits, disinfectant solutions and transportation among other necessities.

The OFWs voluntarily decided to come home amidst the outbreak of the virus.

Government records show that there are around 150 OFWs in Wuhan City while another 150 are found in the other areas of Hubei province in Central China.  (Jojo Mangahis)