DUMAGUETE CITY, March 31 (PIA) -- Hundreds of stranded residents of Negros Oriental are now housed in a public school in Samboan, Cebu while the province's borders are closed in view of the implementation of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) here.
Gov. Roel Degamo said there are 438 residents of Negros Oriental who are stranded at Bato Port in Samboan.
The said passengers were not able to catch the last trip of the ferry going to Tampi Port in Amlan, Negros Oriental following the governor's declaration of border closure starting March 28, 2020, 12:01 midnight.
Degamo said the provincial government here has already laid measures to extend aid to the stranded residents.
He said Department of Education (DepEd-7) OIC Regional Director Director Dr. Salustiano Jimenez has granted his request to use one public school in Samboan as temporary shelter and quarantine facility for them.
Department of Health Region 7 Director Dr. Jaime Bernadas also committed to provide doctors and nurses to check and monitor their health.
Degamo also shared he has discussed the matter with Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia who agreed to allow persons who would like to return to any city or municipality in the island where they live or work.
Immediately, Degamo provided fare for those who would like to go back to other parts of Cebu.
However, from about 200 persons who expressed to go back, only around 100 pushed through with it.
The rest stayed in the designated quarantine facility in Samboan.
The local chief executive of the town is also providing provisions for the stranded residents.
Degamo instructed Assistant Provincial Health Officer and Hospital Incident Command System (ICS) Commander Dr. Liland Estacion to coordinate with the village officials there and account how many of them belong to different local government units in Negros Oriental for a coordinated delivery of relief assistance.
Some 232 stranded individuals hail from Guihulngan City.
Guihulngan Mayor Carlo Jorge Joan Reyes already pledged relief assistance for them.
Moreover, the provincial government also pledged to provide sacks of rice for their consumption.
"Rest assured, the provincial government will provide sacks of rice for their consumption. These are the things na nahitabo and we have taken care of (Rest assured, the provincial government will provide sacks of rice for their consumption. We have taken care of these things)," Degamo said.
All stranded residents will stay in Samboan for 14 days. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)