THE City Government of Bacolod is planning to make an appeal to the National Inter-Agency Task Force (NIATF) against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) to help them control the influx of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) or returning residents once the flights and all trips will resume.
Councilor Renecito Novero, chairman of the city’s quarantine center action team, said Monday, July 13, 2020, that they are now preparing a letter addressed to the NIATF to help them to control the influx of returning residents in the city.
“Once the flights and all trips resume, there will be an influx of LSI or returning residents here, so how can we accommodate them? Once they arrive here, we have no choice but we need to accept them and all of them should undergo strict health protocols such as swabbing and mandatory quarantine,” he said.
He added, for now, the city has enough quarantine facilities to accommodate the LSIs and overseas Filipino workers (OFW).
Novero noted that the resumption of flights and all trips should be held after July 15, but based on their meeting Saturday, the flights and all trips started Monday.
“We might be facing graver danger than simply question of convenience. So it’s our appeal to the NIATF that if possible every week, there should be a maximum of 600 returning residents or LSI via airport or seaports so we can accommodate within the one cycle of the 14-day quarantine period,” Novero said.
He said since the City of Bacolod has a biolab, they expect the immediate release of swab results of LSIs or returning residents. If they will be tested negative for the virus, they can go home and continue their remaining 14-day quarantine there.
Novero pointed out that coordination is very important to accommodate all the LSI and returning residents.
“They should inform us two days before their flights or trips and they should provide us information so we can also inform them if we still have enough quarantine facilities here,” he said.
The Department of Education (DepEd)-Western Visayas and DepEd-Bacolod earlier approved the additional school facilities in Bacolod City to be utilized as quarantine centers due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
These schools are Sum-ag National High School with 40 rooms, Luisa Medel National High School with 35 rooms, Mansilingan Agro-Industrial High School with 33 rooms and Luis Hervias National High School with 37 rooms.
Other quarantine facilities include the Bata Elementary School, Andres Bonifacio Elementary School, M.G Medalla Integrated School, Lopez Jaena Elementary School, Education and Training Center School (ETCS-1 Extension), Bacolod City National High School and Corazon Locsin Montelibano Elementary School.