MANILA - The National Task Force Against COVID-19 suspended on Sunday the return of locally stranded individuals to (LSIs) to the provinces of Negros Occidental and Iloilo to prevent the spread of the disease to these areas.
NTF Chairman and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said he approved a 14-day ban on the return of LSIs to the two provinces on the request of their local government officials.
"They (LSIs) have to wait where they are. They should not go to the airport or seaport. We have to get the LGUs to agree to receive them,” Lorenzana said.
“Their (LGUs) problem is that their quarantine facilities are limited and they don’t want to be overwhelmed," he added.
Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson asked for the suspension of the LSIs' return to his province to allow local officials time to free up space in their fully-occupied quarantine facilities, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said.
Last Thursday, Año also banned LSIs from returning to the Eastern Visayas region.