SAN JOSE, Antique, July 7 (PIA) - - A total of 546 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) as of July 6 and 5, 179 Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) have returned home in the province of Antique as of July 3, 2020.
This is based on the report from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) who have been doing the tracking of the Antiquenos who are coming home to the province in partnership with the Provincial Government and the municipalities.
Governor Rhodora Cadiao and House Deputy Speaker and Antique's Lone District Representative Loren Legarda have been helping these LSIs through the province's "Libre Uli Antique" program, while the homecoming of OFWs is in partnership with Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the various municipal government units which are in-charge of the quarantine of these returning Antiquenos.
The "Libre Uli Antique" program has facilitated the return of more than 1,000 stranded Antiquenos in Luzon who are mostly construction workers, students and some disadvantaged workers, who have lost their jobs or source of income due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The Libre Uli Antique back-to-back with Balik Manila program have also sent more than 200 individuals who are returning to Manila via the same Fastcat.
Some 2,000 LSIs are sugarcane migratory workers from the province of Negros Occidental while others are students and professionals from different parts of the country.
The trips of the OFWs were undertaken in partnership with OWWA that facilitated the sweeper flights and 2GO vessels for them.
Both Legarda and Cadiao assured that the measures are being undertaken to ensure that the trips are compliant to health protocols set by government authorities.
The Provincial and Municipal Inter-Agency task Force on COVID-19 also have implemented guidelines on the management of LSIs and repatriated OFWs in the quarantine facilities of their respective LGUs.
Aside from the Uli Antique program, both officials likewise facilitated the special trip of Philippine Airlines from Manila to Antique Airport on June 28, 2020 with 82 passengers bound home and 87 individuals who flew back to Manila.
The next trip of PAL is set on July 15 after the repatriation of LSIs has been temporarily stopped in Region 6. (JBG/PSM/PIA Antique/with report and photo from FB pages of Rep. Loren Legarda and Province of Antique)