Hatid Tulong safely brings home to Region 8 some 662 LSIs
TACLOBAN CITY, July 28 (PIA) — Some 662 locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from Manila safely arrived in Eastern Visayas on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, thanks to the Hatid Tulong Program of the National Government.
The LSIs, who were among those included in the second batch of stranded individuals sent home through the National Government’s “Hatid Tulong” program, arrived onboard 34 buses, according to the Presidential Management Staff in the region.
The Hatid Tulong Program is a whole-of-government approach assisting LSIs by providing them transportation going back to their provinces.
Various government agencies and local governments units collaborated and worked together to ensure that the LSIs will have a comfortable trip and arrive safely in Eastern Visayas.
The 34 buses with 662 LSIs rolled off from Rizal Memorial Stadium at 4 o’clock in the afternoon of July 26.
Before the departure, the DSWD gave the LSIs P2,000 each pocket money.
While traveling to Region 8, the buses were monitored round the clock as to their location.
Aside from monitoring those who will come home to Region 8, also monitored were the buses carrying LSIs passing through Region 8 in going home to Mindanao.
The LSIs boarded the buses according to provinces and were brought to the drop-off points in various provinces in the region: the Government Center, Palo, Leyte for those going to Ormoc City, Baybay City and Leyte; the DZR Airport, Brgy. San Jose, Tacloban City for Tacloban City; Area Near Provincial Engineering Office, Brgy. Payao, Catbalogan City, Samar for Samar; Taft Border Control, Brgy. Nato, Taft, Eastern Samar for Eastern Samar;
Operation Center Holding Area, Outside Allen Port for Northern Samar and Panan-awan Airport, Maasin City for Maasin City, Macrohon, Padre Burgos, Malitbog, Limasawa, Tomas Oppus.
Biliran Province, earlier requested for moratorium in receiving LSIs. However, there were five LSIs who claimed they were from Leyte but later confessed they were actually from Biliran. Coordination was immediately done and the LGU Naval obliged to fetch the five.
The LSIs were given family food packs by the DSWD upon arrival. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources provided food to the LSIs.
They were then brought to their LGU isolation facilities for a 14-day quarantine. (PIA-8)