Dr. Arvin Alejandro, provincial health officer, had coordinated with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and Cebu Pacific for the rebooking of the foreigners’ flight back to China.
Alejandro issued them certification that they have complied with and completed the mandatory 14-day quarantine imposed by the Department of Health.
Earlier, the foreigners were turned over to the Epidemiology Surveillance Unit of the Department of Health in General Santos City after Dr. Vivien Yap, town mayor, alerted Dr. Alejandro that four Chinese nationals, to include a minor, were spotted in a beach resort in Glan on February 2.
Glan is known for its white sand beaches that has been frequented by domestic and foreign tourists especially during Sarbay, touted as the biggest beach festival in the country, every summer.
The Chinese were transferred to the Dangerous Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DDATRC) in Alabel on February 6 after the Department of Health allowed the provincial government to use the facility to continue the remaining six days of their isolation requirement. While in the facility, the foreigners were referred to as Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) for what is now known as COVID-19. (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)