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'Hatid Tulong' program to resume after MECQ

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

CALOOCAN CITY, Aug. 11 (PIA) -- The government's Hatid Tulong program will resume after the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) has been lifted in Metro Manila, an official said today.

During Tuesday's Network Briefing News on Radyo Pilipinas, Hatid Tulong Convener and Presidential Management Staff Assistant Secretary Joseph Encabo said once the program resumes its service of providing free transportation to locally stranded individuals (LSIs) in Metro Manila, they will be implementing pocket send-offs depending on the request of local government units (LGUs).

"Ngayong pagkatapos ng MECQ, mag-re-resume ang ating send-offs sa ating mga LSIs. Ito ay tinatawag nating pocket send offs kung saan magkakaroon ng limitasyon in terms of provinces na ike-cater namin at 'yung mag number of LSIs ay batay sa request ng receiving LGUs," Encabo said.

The official said they would work closely with LGUs to identify and better manage the number of LSIs to bring home in order to ensure proper physical distancing.

"Kumbaga, wala na po ang grand send-off.

Mas tututukan natin ang pagbigay ng assistance sa mga LSIs para maiwasan po ang isyu ng social distancing na hindi po sila magkukumpol-kumpulan o magsisiksikan," he explained.

"This will be a better approach for us ng technical working group dahil nakita po namin na pakonti na po ang LSIs natin sa Kamaynilaan at mas magiging manageable na po ang pag-handle natin sa kanila," he added.

"In the past week, we took advantage of this MECQ sa pag-coordinate at pakikipag-ugnayan ng technical working group sa mga LGUs. Sinulatan po natin sila, tinawagan ang mga governors and mayors na kung handa na po ba sila na magtanggap ng kanilang mga constituents na LSIs," he furthered.

He said Hatid Tulong already coordinated with the LGUs of various provinces and they have expressed their willingness to accept their stranded constituents.

"Masaya po kami dahil marami pong sumagot na handa po silang tumanggap tulad ng mga lalawigan ng Biliran, Samar, Leyte, Romblon, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Palawan, at Bohol. Ready na rin po ang Cebu na tumanggap ng mga LSIs at 'yun ay pinaghahandaan po ng ating TWG para sa mga susunod na mga linggo ay by batch na po ang ating send-off sa kanila," Encabo said.

"Sumusulat na rin po kami sa mga LGU bandang North Luzon dahil marami pang LSIs na natira pauwi ng Cagayan, Batanes, Ilocos Sur at Norte," he added.

"Masaya po kami dahil talagang naging positibo ang pagtanggap nila at naging handa na rin sila sa pag-uwi, pag-welcome ng ating mga LSIs sa kanilang mga probinsya," he furthered.

To recall, the implementation of stricter 15-day MECQ over Metro Manila and nearby provinces to curb the surge of COVID-19 infections is set to expire on Aug. 18. (PIA NCR)

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