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Caraga LGUs gear up implementation of 'Balik Probinsya Program'

Philippine Information Agency
22 May 2020, 16:38 GMT+10

BUTUAN CITY, May 22 (PIA) -- The local government unit (LGU) of San Fancisco in the province of Agusan del Sur has recorded more than 40 individuals who were fetched at the provincial boundary from the nearby provinces. They comprised the third batch of the list of stranded local individuals, and have undergone the required health protocols and other preventive measures of the said LGU.

With the help of the PHILTRANCO, the company provided several bus units that were used by the respective LGUs in fetching the stranded individuals and these buses also complied with the required protocol including social distancing for its passengers.

The LGU-La Paz of said province was also able to fetch stranded locals from the high risk areas of the country and brought them back to their hometown in Caraga region. The establishment of quarantine facilities is also underway.

More than 100 individuals have also returned safely to the municipality of Trento, Agusan del Sur through the help of the LGU, and facilitated the conduct of rapid testing to each of them.

Allen Joe Lumanta, information officer of LGU-Trento also reminded stranded local individuals to closely coordinate with their barangay officials before returning or traveling back to their hometown.

"To all the stranded Trentohanons, please closely coordinate with your respective barangay so they could also help facilitate your safe return. The local government unit will also do its part in ensuring your safety and will facilitate the processes on the health protocols that you have to undergo when you reach our town," said Lumanta.

Meanwhile, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Caraga also continues to implement the government's "Hatid Estudyante Program", wherein more than 500 students who comprised the first batch were able to benefit the said program and safely returned home. These were the students of the Mindanao State University (MSU) from the cities of Marawi and Iligan.

LTFRB-Caraga regional director Ma. Kristina Cassion emphasized that this program really helps the students who were stranded since march of this year due to COVID-19 pandemic. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

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