MANILA - More than 8,000 locally stranded individuals (LSIs) are scheduled to return to their home provinces this weekend, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Friday.
“Ito ang nais nating malaman ng publiko na ang pamahalaan ay patuloy sa pagtulong sa ating mga LSI at ito ngang Sabado at Linggo, July 25 at 26, ay halos 8,000 na ang uuwi sa kanilang mga pamilya sa probinsiya,” Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement.
Those availing of the government's "Hatid Tulong" program, a transportation assistance project intended to help stranded people affected by the COVID-19 lockdown, are those staying at the Philippine Army Gymnasium, Villamor Air Base Elementary School, Manila Science High School and Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
For the second phase of Hatid Tulong, the stranded individuals will board 120 buses and 5 sea vessels.
“Gaya ng first batch ng Hatid Tulong noong unang linggo ng July, we will be ensuring that our LSIs will be comfortable and safe in the transportation modes that the government has prepared for them,” Año said.
Meanwhile, DILG national barangay operations office director Dennis Villaseñor said local government units (LGUs) with existing moratorium could still not accept returning stranded individuals.
Instead, LSIs will be brought to a temporary housing facility in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, he said.
"Tinitignan po natin kung puno na ba ang kanilang mga pasilidad, may available pa ba silang test kits na magiging basehan para aprubahan ang request for a moratorium," Villaseñor said.