Caviteños expressed their concern over the plan of the government to build a quarantine center for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Cavite.
Officials of the Department of Health (DOH) announced their plan to build quarantine areas in Caballo Island in Cavite for Filipino workers who were forced to go home because of the situation in China, especially in Wuhan.
Caballo island is about 9km from Ternate Town in Cavite and it’s already been used as a quarantine area in 2014 for the soldiers and police officers who went to Liberia.
However, some Caviteños opposed the plan of DOH, saying that the OFWs who were considered as heroes in the Philippines might be carrying the novel coronavirus.
They pointed out that some places in Cavite are still not yet recovering from the Taal volcano erption, some evacuees are also still staying in the said province.
“Don’t do this in Cavite, this is a historical place, not a treatment island, ,though madaming hospital it is because we have so many working people here which is needed to be protected as well as their families also, please Gov. protect us,” Geing Sanico said.
“Kakatapos nga lang ng taal eruption at marami p evacuees d2 from taal tpos d2 nyo p naisipan gawn yan?prang dnagdagan nyo lng isipn nmin mga tga cavite at batangas. asan hustsya?” Mylene Capagalan commented.
“Bakit sa cavite. sa probinsya ng mga sumasamba ng chinese dapat,” Noel Ortega remarked.
Some netizens tried to defend the decision of the government, pointing out that Caballo island is too far from the mainland of Cavite.
“Ang OA ng iba nd naman malapit sa bahay nyo iququarantine eh sa isla po at kapwa pinoy!.imbes n mgdasal nlng po ntin puro kau kuda!” netizen Lhen Sandajan told her fellow Caviteños.
“It is safe. Ginawa na din yan quarantine nung nauso ang SARS dati. Di naman kami nahawa mga taga Ternate,” Queen Reyes said.
Aside from Caballo island, the government is also planning to use the 10,000-bed rehabilitation center at Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija.