PM urges students to obey instructions

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PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has urged our students in Philippines to follow instructions on accommodation and testing.

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The Prime Minister made the call following reports that some of our students in the Philippines had disobeyed accommodation and testing orders.

“I now speak directly to all our students in the Philippines. Your government is working hard to bring you all home. I call on all of you to observe your duty to protect your country by making sure you follow all the instructions accorded to you as you prepare to come home,” the Prime Minister said in his nation-wide address today.

The Prime Minister urged all students to also be at their designated hotels and undergo their three tests.

He said each student must have three consecutive negative tests before they can be allowed to board the flight home.

“Do not go out of the hotel perimeter. If you leave the hotel and expose yourself to unnecessary risks, you may not be allowed back into the hotel as you will risk the others and you may miss your flight,” he said.

Prime Minister Sogavare in his speech also appealed to parents that have children in the Philippines to advise their children to obey instructions.

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“Please inform them not to leave the hotel premises. Respect the hotel staff, and Red Cross staff and authorities that are helping them,” he said.

Prime Minister Sogavare said the Government has already sent an advisory to the hotels and their staff.

The Prime Minister said security and staff at the hotels have been advised to monitor the movements of the students and will report to our relevant authorities.

“If any student does not comply with instructions by the government, they will be asked to leave the hotel quarantine and foot their own costs thereafter. The reality is that if any student becomes a health security risk to the other students and to this country, that student will not be allowed to board the plane to come home and will have to look for his / her own means to come home,” he said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sogavare said all the three repatriation flights remain on schedule for the 27th, 29th of September and 27th of October 2020. 

ENDS//

OPMC Press

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