BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
Forty-eight locally stranded individuals from Manila and Cebu arrived in Bacolod City via Roll-on Roll-off vessels after the moratorium on their return lapsed on Sunday.
Councilor Cindy Rojas, who is in charge of the returning LSIs, said the requirements are still the same for those coming from outside Region 6.
The travel of LSIs from within Region 6 remains unhampered, as passengers only need to present their BaCTrack and identification cards.
The Regional Inter-Agency Task Force had earlier granted a moratorium on returning Bacolod LSIs from outside Western Visayas, from Dec. 21 to Jan. 3.
Rojas reiterated that LSIs must submit copies of their medical certificates from the areas where they come from, and identification cards with their Bacolod addresses or certificate of residency from the barangay where they reside in the city.
LSIs should email these documents along with the copy of their travel authority, issued by the Philippine National Police, through email address firstname.lastname@example.org, and wait for a confirmation reply before they travel to Bacolod, Rojas said.
She added that the proposal to allow LSIs, who have negative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test result, taken two days before their arrival, is still pending.
That means, LSIs are still required to undergo swab tests upon arrival before they will be quarantined in a facility free of charge, or in a hotel or inn at their expense, Rojas said.
Swab test results are available in 3-5 days and those who will yield negative will be released to continue the remaining quarantine days at home, she added.
Councilor Israel Salanga, who is in charge of the returning overseas Filipino workers, said the requirements are also the same.
Salanga said OFWs are advised to proceed to the help desk of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
OWWA personnel will evaluate their documents before testing and bring them to a hotel until their results are released, Salanga said.
Those with negative test results will be scheduled for sweeper flights to Bacolod. Their documents will be checked again and their luggage inspected on their arrival at the Bacolod-Silay Airport, he added.
Salanga said returning OFWs will be brought home by the city’s bus or dropped in the area where they want to be picked up. The name and address of the OFWs will also be endorsed to their respective barangay health emergency response team for monitoring.*