Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 1) — Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion on Monday urged the government to drop the facility-based quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated Filipinos from North America as more overseas Filipino workers plan to go home for the holidays.
Speaking to CNN Philippines’ The Source, Concepcion lamented how countries like the United States and Canada were excluded from the list of “green countries” or territories tagged as low risk for COVID-19 and no longer require facility-based quarantine upon entry to the Philippines.
“We’ve requested if they can allow North America, where a lot of Pinoys reside now, and especially a lot of healthcare workers in America right now, if they can come home this Christmas,” the Go Negosyo founder said.
He said travelers from these countries would be tested 48 hours before departure and be tested again upon their arrival in the Philippines. He noted that the time spent in a quarantine hotel could instead be spent on home quarantine to cut down costs and allow people to spend more time with their loved ones.
“We have proposed that if they are able to do an RT-PCR test in 48 hours before departure and upon arrival another RT-PCR test, then it’s pretty safe. That’s our recommendation,” he added.
Concepcion also said the government will make a decision on the matter within the week.
Citing data from Philippine Airlines, Concepcion said that a 4,000 daily cap for international passenger arrivals is simply far from its 40,000 average pre-pandemic.
“Hopefully they will have good news because people really want to come home. [They] don’t want to waste their precious moments when they want to spend time with their families here,” Concepcion added.