NAGA CITY, May 21 (PIA) - After staying in Metro Manila for almost two (2) months after the entire Luzon was put on a lockdown due to the declaration of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), 18 students from the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman are finally 'home'.
The 9th Infantry 'Spear' Division under the stewardship of MGEN Fernando Trinidad, 9ID Commander, collaborated with the Civil Military Operations Regiment of the Philippine Army to safely bring back the stranded students to their respective provinces.
Out of the 18 students who were fetched by the government troopers, 14 are from Naga City and 4 were from Quezon.
On May 20, they safely arrived at the Naga City border via the Army's military bus and were fetched by the city's quarantine officers to observe the 14-day mandatory stay at the city's quarantine facilities in Barangay, Pacol, here.
Capt Alexander Cabales of the CMO Regiment said that aside from manning the checkpoints and borders, the government troopers are also assisting stranded passengers and sending off medical frontliners to their workplaces on top of ensuring peace in the land.
One of the jubilant passengers is Segfred Ivan Delos Reyes, a resident of Barangay Cararayan, Naga City and a 5th year Electrical Engineering student at UP Diliman. He said that enduring the 14 day quarantine period is better than aimlessly anticipating the COVID 19 pandemic to be over.
Division Public Affairs Office (DPAO) Spokesperson MAJ John Paul Belleza said that after they received the request of the students, the PA immediately coordinated with the city government and dispatched a team to fetch the students at the UP Campus. (LSMacatangay, with reports from RSaldico,DPAO-PIA/Camarines Sur)