ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 7 (PIA) - As more than 200 locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from Manila are expected to arrive here tonight (July 7) under the national government's Hatid Tulong program, the City Government assures strict health protocols will be implemented in receiving them to help assure everyone's safety.
The LSIs underwent rapid testing before traveling to their respective provinces. Nevertheless, Mayor Beng Climaco emphasized that all LSIs arriving in the City will still be required to undergo a PCR Swab Test.
She said this is a very important requirement to ensure that LSIs are COVID-19 free. Moreover, the City Government ensures to protect the Zamboangeno residents from contracting COVID-19 "because it is our immediate responsibility to take care of everyone in Zamboanga City. You are all my priority," affirmed Mayor Climaco.
The City Government continues to coordinate with the national government for the safe arrival of LSIs. Mayor Climaco also extends its gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go for facilitating the Hatid Tulong Program.
Meanwhile, City Health Officer Dr. Dulce Miravite confirmed that all expenses for the LSI's stay in the quarantine facility and their testing will be shouldered by the LGU.
The City has been preparing to address the possible increase in the number of COVID-19 cases from the LSIs and community due to the opening of flights. However, the LGU will continuously receive LSIs adhering to the minimum health protocols. Mayor Climaco reminds the public to cooperate with the government and be complaint to the Modified General Community Quarantine Guidelines, "it is all our responsibility to protect our families and our community," she added. (EDT/MLE/PIA9-Zamboanga City)