More than 200 passengers, most of them recently arrived overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), have been stranded for days in Clark International Airport due to the community quarantines imposed in their respective provincial destinations.
To ensure the welfare and safety of these passengers amid the COVID-19 threat, BCDA, CDC, CIAC and LIPAD have coordinated efforts to provide them with the necessary assistance, as the entirety of Luzon observes the Enhanced Community Quarantine.
Clark is a safe haven for returning OFWs.
Starting Thursday, March 19, these passengers will be provided with free food and lodging. They will be housed in various locations in Clark.
They will be taken good care of while in Clark, until the imposed lockdowns in their destinations are lifted.
We would also like to express our gratitude to the DOT, DOTR, DILG, OWWA, DSWD, Pampanga Provincial Government, Angeles and Mabalacat city governments, Pampanga Red Cross and the Mabalacat City Tourism Council for working with us in providing assistance to the passengers the past several days.
The Clark International Airport will remain operational should there be inbound and outbound international flights. For international outbound flights, only OFWs, balikbayans, and foreign nationals will be allowed to leave, while inbound international passengers will be subjected to strict quarantine protocols.