THE City Government of Bacolod has facilitated the quarantine of 52 Bacolodnon locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from Manila, who arrived at the Bredco Port Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at around 8 p.m.
Councilor Cindy Rojas said the 52 Bacolodnon LSIs were among the 455 passengers who arrived onboard St. Michael of Archangel of 2GO. Of the remaining arrivals, 400 are residents of the various LGUs in Negros Occidental, while three are Authorized Persons Outside Residence (Apors) from the Philippine National Police.
The LSIs were given free sea passage back to Bacolod through Malacañang’s “Hatid Tulong” initiative.
The “Hatid Tulong” program is a government initiative to provide transportation intended to help stranded individuals affected by Covid-19 lockdowns and travel restrictions to return to their provinces.
Attending to the Bacolodnon LSIs upon their disembarkation were Councilor Cindy Rojas, representatives of the City Mayor’s Office, City Health Office, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), General Services Office, Bacolod City Police Office and Philippine Coast Guard.
CDRRMO personnel immediately disinfected their bags and luggage upon disembarkation.
The Bacolodnon LSIs were picked up by two buses of the City Government and immediately brought to one of the quarantine facilities of the city.
Since they arrived late in the evening, all the “Hatid Tulong” beneficiaries were subjected to a swab test for Covid-19 on July 29.
They will be sent home as soon as their negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results are released. If this happens before they finish the mandatory 14-day quarantine at the city’s facility, they will be required to finish the remainder of that quarantine period under strict home quarantine.
Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año had said that LSIs without plane or ship bookings are put on the priority list under the “Hatid Tulong" initiative. (PR)