VILLANUEVA, Misamis Oriental--First district Rep. Juliette T. Uy yesterday warned the public against crowding at the NAIA passenger terminal now that barred passengers are gathering there.
In a press statement, Rep. Uy said the crowding of passengers, especially at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal, can pose a public health risk because of higher chances of close personal contact with anyone among the passengers who could be carrying the Wuhan coronavirus.
Rep. Uy, a member of the House Committee on Transportation, issued the statement in reaction to reports that passengers are stranded at the NAIA airport terminal due the travel ban on travelers from China and its special administrative regions (SARs).
She said, "returning Filipinos from China, Macau, and Hong Kong should go through a different terminal area of NAIA or perhaps a quarantine field set-up where they can all be checked, tested, and processed.”
“The barred foreign nationals should be in a contained or cordoned-off area at NAIA,” said the lady lawmaker from the town of Villanueva in Misamis Oriental, adding “NAIA and airline personnel attending to them should have proper personal protective equipment and supplies.”
“Personnel of foreign embassies may have to be physically present or have some form of online or remote access, so they can attend to any travel and consular concerns,” said the congresswoman. (MRS)
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