Actual photos of 23 ROFs who arrived on Sunday, May 31. Photo courtesy of Provincial Information Office


One returning overseas Filipino worker (ROF) who arrived from Manila on Sunday (May 31) was confirmed to be COVID-19 positive, according to city health authorities.

“May isa na naman tayong kumpirmadong kaso ng COVID-19,” incident commander Dr. Dean Palanca said in a public announcement late Wednesday.

The patient initially tested positive during a rapid test upon arrival and was swabbed for confirmatory test Tuesday (June 2). The sample was processed in Ospital ng Palawan’s (ONP) COVID-19 GenExpert laboratory.

The result of the test, showing a positive result, was released by the City Health Office (CHO) late Wednesday (June 3).

The patient was part of a contingent of 23 ROFs who arrived on May 31 via Airasia flight following an order from President Rodrigo Duterte to clear Manila of stranded overseas Filipino workers. Their flight hopped off on three other routes, including Tagbilaran, Tacloban, and Bacolod before disembarking in Puerto Princesa International Airport at around 7:45 am on Sunday (May 31).

Prior to her most recent result, the Palawan ROF was previously tested using real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) on May 2 and May 13 while she was under quarantine in Metro Manila. Her previous result returned negative which subsequently resulted to the issuance of her travel authority, a requirement needed before she was allowed to return home in Palawan.

All of them, including the patient who tested positive, are currently quarantined in a facility set up by the city government.

The development brought to 3 the official total number of COVID-19 positive cases in Palawan.

(With reports from Ruth Rodriguez)