File photo of the OFW returnees who arrived late May 28. (Contributed photo)

Some 86 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), the first batch to arrive in Puerto Princesa City following the easing of the community lockdown two weeks ago, were released from their quarantine facilities Friday.

The entire first batch of returnees cleared their health check-ups performed by city health authorities to ensure they are well and safe to return to their families.

“Para kang lalaya sa kulungan,” a female OFW told Palawan News in an interview following her release. The OFWs were quarantined at the Skylight Hotel and at Legend Hotel, facilities specifically designated for them by the City.

Another described the personal difficulties they had faced during their quarantine.

“Sobrang saya kasi sobrang hirap ma-quarantine. Wala kang human contact, hindi ba social beings tayo, mahirap,” one OFW said.

“Ako 71 days wala halos makausap kasi medyo malas yata ako sa mga rooms ko palaging deadzone signal kaya kahit video call wala halos,” said another.

They expressed gratitude to the city government and the frontliners, saying they understood the protocol to ensure public safety and lessen the anxiety of the other city residents.

“May list kami ng mga nagko-comment negatively. Naintindihan namin ‘yong worry nila kaya we also followed para hindi sila ma-praning,” another OFW said.

The OFWs said that prior to their check out at the quarantine facility, City Health Officers (CHO) conducted physical check-up and handed them certificate of quarantine completion.

The first batch of 86 returning OFWs arrived in Puerto Princesa City late May 28 aboard Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight PR 4747.