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‘Hatid Tulong’ program head appeals for private sector support to fast track efforts

March 14, 2021 Uncategorized

CALOOCAN CITY, June 24 (PIA) — The project head of government’s “Hatid Tulong,” that addresses the plight of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) across the country, on Tuesday appealed for support from the business community to help accelerate their return home.

During the Laging Handa network briefing powered by the Presidential Communications and affiliate state media, Presidential Management Staff Assistant Secretary Joseph Encabo said government would welcome any private sector support and partnership.

“Noong nakaraang linggo po, nagkaroon ng pulong ang technical working group ng Hatid Tulong dahil panahon na po na kumatok na rin po tayo sa private sector,” Encabo said.

“Ang unang tumugon ay ang tanggapan ng Partas [bus company] sa pamamagitan po ni [Narvacan, Ilocos Sur] Mayor [Chavit] Singson. Ito po ay intended sa July 4 at July 5 na send-off natin sa LSIs para sa Kabisayaan at sa Mindanao.

He said the business sector, especially those engaged in mobility and transportation, could help this noble effort of assisting stranded individuals to be with their family amid restricted travel due to COVID-19.

“Kami po ay nananawagan pa sa pribadong sektor kung sino pa ang willing na tumulong at magbigay ng assistance in partnership with the government ay maaari po silang dumulog sa amin at kami po ay makikipag-ugnayan sa kanila para sa kabuuan ng ating efforts ay matiwasay at maayos nating maihatid ang ating mga kababayan na LSIs,” Encabo said.

The official also detailed some gains of the Hatid Tulong in responding to those trapped in different parts of the country.  

“Nakakarami na rin tayo kasi aside sa efforts ng ating mga kasamahan sa Armed Fores of the Philippines, lalo na para sa LSIs na nasa Villamor Airbase, [at] sa Philippine Army ay patuloy po ang kanilang pag-assist at paghahatid sa mga LSI sa kani-kanilang mga probinsya. Ito po ay sa pamamagitan ng sweeper flights na ini-sponsoran ng mga local government units at ‘yung mga naka-hold na may tickets ay ina-assist din po ng Department of Transportation,” he said.

To date, more than 53,000 LSIs have been assisted by the program, which currently facilitates to send home an additional 13,000-plus stranded students, tourists, workers and individuals in Luzon.

“On top of that, meron din tayong ongoing na movement sa pagpapauwi sa ating mga LSIs sa mga probinsya hatid ng Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources gamit ang kanilang mga barko. Patuloy rin po ang suporta na ating nakukuha galing sa Philippine Coast Guard. Sa mga nakaraang araw, meron din tayong hinatid papuntang Iloilo at Capiz sakay ng Philippine Navy boat,” he added, saying that even the Philippine National Railways has allotted at least two train trips every week to help the cause.

“Patuloy din ang paghatid ng LSIs papuntang Bicol sa pamamagitan ng PNR,” he said.

“Kung iisipin natin, marami na rin po tayong naihatid na kababayan nating LSIs galing Manila at ito ay patuloy nating ginagawa hanggang kaya nating gawin,” he added.

Encabo, meanwhile, appealed to LSIs in Metro Manila who are waiting for their flight to coordinate first with government before proceeding to any designated holding area in order to avoid local COVID-19 transmission.

“Ako po ay nananawagan sa ating mga kababayan na LSIs na habang wala pa pong schedule ang inyong mga flights, huwag muna kayong tumungo sa Villamor Airbase, sa Philippine Army dahil overcrowded na po at nawawalan na po ng saysay ang social distancing. Kahit paano po ay nagkakaroon ng posibilidad na magkaroon ng local transmission dahil sa overcrowded na sitwasyon,” he said. (PIA NCR)

source https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1045633

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