Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental LGUs temporarily cease receiving LSIs until Oct. 4

Marje Pelayo   •   September 24, 2020   •   305

MANILA, Philippines — The provinces of Bukidnon and Misamis Occidental will temporarily close their respective borders to incoming locally stranded individuals (LSIs) for the next two weeks.

According to Misamis Occidental Governor Philip Tan Itoy, the two-week closure of borders is to allow local health workers and other frontliners to rest from the stress and load brought about by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Governor Itoy also explained that the province’s isolation facilities are in need of cleaning while some require general repair as well as other maintenance works.

The LGUs’ moratorium on LSIs will remain in effect until October 4.

Based on the latest record, the province of Misamis Occidental has the fifth highest number of COVID-19 cases in Northern Mindanao. MNP (with reports from Weng Fernandez)

Port charges waived for 2nd send off of LSIs

Marje Pelayo   •   July 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is reducing port fees and charges in support of the second send-off of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) under the Hatid-Tulong program.

According to PPA’s advisory, buses and other vehicles are exempted from paying the Passenger Terminal Fee and Ro-Ro Terminal Fee while port fees and charges for Ro-Ro vessels and other sea-going vessels are reduced by P1.00.

The new policy is based on PPA Memorandum Circular No. 24-2020.

The agency expects some 4,000 LSIs, 120 buses from the National Capital Region (NCR) as well as the different vessels and Ro-Ro operators across the country will benefit from the said project.

The waiver and reduction of port charges is effective from July 25 to 26.

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Over 1,000 LSIs homebound after weeks of waiting

Maris Federez   •   July 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has confirmed the departure of locally stranded individuals (LSI) bound for Bacolod and Iloilo after more than three weeks of waiting.

This, after the moratorium on the acceptance of LSIs was formally lifted on 15 July 2020 by the authorities of Region 6, the PPA said.

In a statement posted on Facebook, the PPA reported that a total of 1,092 passengers had been sent on their way to their home provinces onboard M/V St. Therese of the Child Jesus that left Metro Manila late Thursday night (July 16).

The ports agency also reported that around 174 LSIs out of the 1,092 passengers have stayed at the Port Management Office (PMO) NCR-North Annex Building; while 44 passengers, composed of women and children, were accommodated by the Manila North Harbor Port Inc. (MNHPI) at the Passenger Terminal Building Arrival Area.

“The PPA, through PPA PMO NCR-North led by PM Annie Lee F. Manese, extends its deepest appreciation to the San Miguel Corporation and Mr. Ramon S. Ang for covering the meals of the LSIs during their stay at the Manila North Harbor as well as to the assistance given by the Philippine National Red Cross, Philippine Coast Guard, MNHPI, and 2GO Group,” the statement further read. —/mbmf

MIAA sets up tents for LSIs at NAIA Terminal 3

Marje Pelayo   •   July 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has set up makeshift tents at the social hall of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 to provide comfort and convenience to locally-stranded individuals (LSIs) currently lodged at the airport waiting for their flights.

The 28 tents are the initial set from 100 tents that MIAA plans to set up for LSIs at the airport under the guidance of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Additional tents are expected to be established soon.

Apart from temporary shelters, MIAA also provided a dedicated shower area at the airport’s parking lot, for the exclusive use of LSIs.

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