‘Libre Uli Antique’ program brings home hundreds of Antiqueños
SAN JOSE, Antique, June 12 (PIA) – – More than 500 Antiqueños stranded in Manila and other areas in Luzon are now home in Antique.
The coming home of Antiqueños was made possible through the “Libre Uli Antique” program, a joint undertaking of Governor Rhodora Cadiao and Deputy Speaker and Antique Lone District Representative Loren Legarda.
Both Legarda and Cadiao assured the Antiqueños of their support to make sure that Antiqueños, who are stranded in Manila and other Luzon areas due to COVID-19 pandemic can now go home to their families through the Fastcat trip from Batangas Port to Lipata Port in Culasi, Antique.
The first batch of stranded Antiqueños composed of students, displaced workers, and construction workers were repatriated on June 7. They were transported from the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange via Jasper Jean Bus to Batangas Port then were transported to Culasi Port via FastCat vessel.
The Office of Legarda facilitated the transport from PITX to Batangas Port, while the Office of Cadiao welcomed them upon arrival in Culasi Port.
The Libre Uli Antique Program has three trips of stranded Antiquenos with a total of 525 of them coming home to their families as of June 11.
The Provincial Government and the Office of Representative Legarda are still facilitating additional trips to ensure remaining stranded workers and students will be home the soonest possible time.
Meanwhile, the provincial government here is taking charge of the returning Antiqueños when they reach Lipata Port by giving pasalubong to be brought home to their families.
The returning Antiqueños are being fetched by the vehicle of their respective municipalities for their own quarantine procedures.
In addition to Libre Uli Antique program, the “Balik Manila” program was also launched to cater to those who are returning to Manila for work, seafarers, Overseas Filipino Workers or foreign nationals.
To date, 77 individuals were catered and going to Manila as Fastcat got back to Batangas Port.
The beneficiaries of these programs have expressed their gratitude to the government and the officials facilitating their trips back to their families and workplaces. (PSM-PIA/ With reports and photo from Cadiao Cares and Inday Loren Legarda FB Pages)