This sent the city government scrambling totest the OFWs. “So I was terribly mad at OWWA. Waay nagsunod sang protocol. I told them‘Yudiputa’ kamo. Indi na ‘ya pwedematabo,’” said Treñas. Over the weekend, OWWA allowed 40 Ilonggo OFWs(land-based and sea-based) to return to Iloilo City without first testing themfor SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). ILOILO City – “I was terribly mad at theOverseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA),” confessed Mayor Jerry Treñas. “Nagapanawaganako sa mga ahensya nga natungdan. Indi ini masarangan sang lokal nga gobyernolamang. Magbinuligay kita,” said Treñas./PN “Angnatabo, ginpasa tanan sang OWWA sa aton kag kita diri ang nag-quarantine (sa OFWs). This should have been the task of OWWA. It should haveisolation centers for returning OFWs,” according to the mayor. What OWWA did was “a very serious matter,”said the mayor. “I do not want this to happen again.” He added: “I was only informed about thereturning OFWs the night before nagpaulisila.” Three OFWs initially tested positive in therapid test but a confirmatory test by the Western Visayas Medical Center showedonly one had the virus. He accused the agency of violating theprotocol on return of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), thereby compromisingthe health and safety of 32 city government health workers and staff, sixpersonnel of the city’s Public Safety and Transportation Management Office, 14personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard, and 42 crew of shipping lineCokaliong. “The OFWs should have been tested before goinghome. We could have saved our frontliners and the rest of their fellowpassengers from the risk of infection,” Treñas added. “I told OWWA we will no longer accept OFWs ifthe agency won’t follow the protocol set by the Inter-Agency Task Force of thenational government. Returning OFWs should first be tested by the Department ofHealth,” said Treñas.