SAN FERNANDO CITY, July 8 (PIA) -- Eight Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) from La Union benefitted from the Hatid Tulong initiative of the government.
On Sunday, the LSIs arrived by Partas bus from the Quirino Grandstand to the drop-off point in Barangay Udiao in Rosario town at around 11 in the evening.
After verification, representatives of the La Union Provincial Health Office conducted medical screening and facilitated the filling-up of Health Declaration Forms.
A representative of the Department of the Interior and Local Government La Union office conducted a briefing among the LSIs where health protocols were emphasized.
Further, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 had provided each LSI a food pack that contains rice, coffee, sardines and corned beef, and a packed dinner.
All eight LSIs were transported by a team of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office to the isolation facility of the provincial government in Barangay Sevilla, this city.
"Our retuning kababayans underwent swab testing at the isolation facility and we are awaiting their lab test results," said Governor Francisco Emmanuel R. Ortega III as he gave updates on coronavirus disease situation update on Wednesday.
Ortega informed that the existing regional evacuation center has been temporarily converted to a 26-bed capacity isolation facility to cater to LSIs.
Among the beneficiaries of the Hatid Tulong initiative is a family of four from Santo Tomas town.
"Napakalaking tulong ng programang ito dahil sa gobyerno nakauwi kami ng pamilya ko dito ulit sa La Union ng walang binayaran," May Ann Jane Opina shared.
She added, "Hindi rin namin inexpect na bukod sa libreng transportasyon, may iba pang ahensya na nakaabang samin, hindi rin po kami nagutom doon kahit gabi na kami nakabiyahe."
Meanwhile, Governor Ortega said the provincial government has been accommodating to returning residents since the start of lockdown.
"It's a calculated risk but from the very beginning, its our principle na lahat ng kababayan naming nangangailangan ng tulong ay tutulungan namin sa abot ng aming makakaya," he said.
To date, La Union has accommodated 476 LSIs and 228 Overseas Filipino workers. (JCR/JND, PIA La Union)