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DILG chief vows to help ferry Ivatan LSIs back to Batanes

Philippine Information Agency
04 Aug 2020, 16:38 GMT+10

BASCO, Batanes, Aug. 4 (PIA) - - Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano has assured to help ferry to this island province the Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) and Returning Overseas Filipino (ROF) Ivatans who are now in Manila and in Tuguegarao City.

He ordered Acting Governor Ignacio Villa to submit the profile and exact number of the LSIs and ROFs to be able to plan out the strategies on how to bring home the stranded Ivatans.

During the Network Briefing program hosted by PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar, Villa requested to Sec. Ano some government assets, either aircraft or sea craft, that are capable to transport the said individuals who have been stranded since the start of the Corona Virus Disease 2019 pandemic.

"We have a lot of stranded Ivatans, especially students who were not able to travel back to our island before the Luzonwide lockdown. Though there are already some who managed to travel back here through government interventions, there are still those who are at the quarantine zone in Manila and in Tuguegarao City," Villa said.

On other hand, Villa said, though Batanes is still COVID-free, they strictly enforce the protocols and guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force and observe minimum health standards.

He said they have some suspected and persons under monitoring in which specimen samples are already sent to testing laboratories for confirmation.

The acting governor also said they don't have yet the capacity to conduct mass testing because they don't have testing laboratory.

"We only test those with symptoms in which specimen samples are sent either in Manila or Tuguegarao City for confirmations," Villa added

Villa also said all arriving LSIs and ROFs undergo 14-day quarantine before they can eventually go home and immerse in their respective communities. (MDCT/OTB/PIA 2-Cagayan)

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