OFWs told: Comply with safety protocols of host countries

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    THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) yesterday reminded all overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to comply with health and safety protocols in countries where they are employed.

    “In view of the continuing spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on people’s health worldwide, and in respect to the measures being undertaken by host governments in preventing its spread, all OFWs are strongly advised to observe and comply with the health protocols being implemented at their respective job sites,” POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia said in an advisory.

    “Adherence thereto can be seen as an act of caring for our fellowmen and a show of unity to the countries hosting our OFWs,” he added.

    Olalia said such health protocols may include social and physical distancing, wearing of face masks, refraining from unnecessary travel, and avoiding large gatherings of people, among others.

    “Adherence to the health protocols will ensure the safety and health of everyone, and will also help one avoid fines and penalties that may be imposed in violation of these protocols,” said Olalia.

    Aside from the health protocols of host countries, he said it is also imperative for OFWs to observe protocols being implemented by airlines.

    “OFWs are likewise reminded to follow safety and health protocols set by the air lines while in transit to their respective job sites,” said Olalia.