Karen Ann Ramos (inset) exposed deplorable quarantine conditions in San Pablo, Isabela, Philippines.
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DUBAI – A quarantine facility in the Philippine province of Isabela has been shut down after a Dubai-based Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) complained about deplorable conditions there.
Broadcaster and public service figure Raffy Tulfo had taken on the case, and asked local government officials to shut down the facility, which he described as a “pigpen”.
“Thank you to sir Raffy for the urgent action on my concern. In one day the quarantine facility was shut down. This should be an eye opener for all, as long as we are right, let us not be afraid to tell the truth. Thank you also to Expat Media for publishing my concern,” Karen Ann Ramos told Expatmedia.net on Tuesday (May 18).
As first reported by Expatmedia.net, Ramos revealed how officials in her hometown forced her to stay in a decrepit classroom converted into a quarantine facility in San Pablo, Isabela.
“There was only a piece of plywood laid on top of stacked, wooden chairs that served as the bed. The toilet was filthy,” said the Filipina, who recently returned to Dubai.
There was no running water in the school, no beds and no provisions for food, despite a government-allocated budget for running these facilities.
“My mother brought me a mattress and a pillow just for me to be comfortable while sleeping,” she told Expatmedia.net, recalling her ordeal during her trip in late March.
She stayed in the “quarantine from hell” with five people in one room. She ended up staying there for 11 days after her test result came out negative.
Ramos said she wanted to raise the issue after arriving in Dubai to protect her family, and also to ensure that other OFWs do not need to undergo such dire conditions.
Speaking to Expatmedia.net on Tuesday, Ramos said she is happy that the quarantine facility has been shut down. She added that she has filed a complaint to look into possible corruption surrounding the incident. “I am in touch with other residents to file similar complaints so we can see a change in governance and public service,” she said.
Meanwhile, broadcaster Raffy Tulfo urged Philippine officials to end corruption, saying many are using the pandemic to steal public funds.
Tulfo also urged Filipinos to report corrupt officials to the Department of Interior and Local Government. PIA/Expat Media
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