BACOLOD CITY, Aug. 12 (PIA) - Bacolod City Councilor Cindy Rojas and chairperson of the action team for non OFW Returning Residents (ATNORR), thanked "Hatid Tulong" lead convenor Assistant Secretary Joseph Encabo when he said that their next LSI send-off will be in small number so that the accepting Local Government Units (LGU) can accommodate them properly.
"In behalf of the city government of Bacolod and as Chairperson of ATNORR, I would like to laud the decision of the national government thru the statement of Assistant Secretary Encabo for sending a controlled number of LSIs to Bacolod City based on the LGUs capacity to quarantine our LSIs," Rojas said.
"This is a welcome development since the LGU has assigned numbers of bed space alloted for LSIs and we have to take into consideration the backlogs of real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results," she added.
According to her, it has been a challenge for the LGU to quarantine an overwhelming number of returning residents especially without prior coordination.
In the past, she said, due to the influx of LSIs arriving without proper coordination, Bacolod City was forced to place LSIs under home quarantine because facilities are already full.
"This led to many breach of health protocols and even caused chaos in the barangays," Rojas noted, adding that "it is something we don't want to ever happen again."
As guest in the "Laging Handa Network Briefing" program hosted by Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Martin Andanar, Encabo said their next send-off of LSIs to the provinces from Manila will be in "pockets" or according to the absorbing capacity of the LGUs.
Encabo also said there have been reductions in the number of LSIs in Manila and that the project "Hatid Tulong" program may have two more months in operation.
According to Encabo, they will now focus on providing assistance to LSIs so that their health and safety is achieved and that the next LSI send-off may happen after the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) is lifted in Manila.
Rojas reiterated her elation over these developments as the nation continues to take a firm grip in containing Coronavirus (COVID-19).
"I am happy to know that the national government has taken into consideration the issues and concerns of our local government," she said. (JSC/Lljr/PIA6 Negros Occidental /Photo by ATNORR)