Rizal Memorial Sports Complex closed for disinfection after last batch of LSI leaves

Robie de Guzman   •   July 30, 2020   •   135

MANILA, Philippines – The Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, where thousands of locally-stranded individuals (LSI) stayed last week, has been closed for disinfection after the last batch of stranded persons was sent to their respective provinces.

The sports complex, which sheltered about 6,500 LSIs waiting for government-sponsored trips to their regions, will be closed for a day to undergo decontamination beginning Thursday morning to ensure that it is free from novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The facility includes the baseball and track stadiums.

Those working in and around the sports complex, including the employees of the Philippine Sports Commission and the Manila Department of Public Services were also evacuated.

The organizer of government’s Hatid-Tulong program said the last batch of stranded passengers comprised of 1,017 individuals have left the area early Thursday to board a ship bound for the Zamboanga Peninsula.

Since Saturday, more than 6,000 stranded individuals have been sent home through the program.

However, 48 were unable to go on their trip after they tested positive in rapid tests conducted as part of the processing of passengers.

They have been placed at quarantine centers in Manila as they await the results of their swab tests.

Locally-stranded individuals, hindi muna makakapasok sa Bulacan habang naka-MECQ – LGU

Robie de Guzman   •   August 4, 2020

Inanunsyo ngayong Martes ng Bulacan provincial government na hindi muna papayagang makapasok ang mga uuwing locally-stranded individuals (LSI) habang nasa ilalim ng modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) ang lalawigan.

Ayon kay Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando, layon ng hakbang na higpitan ang paglabas-masok ng mga tao sa Bulacan at Metro Manila nang mapigilan ang lalo pang pagkalat ng coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“No LSI muna na manggagaling sa ibang lugar, lahat ng papasok sa main, hindi muna namin tatangapin habang naka-MECQ tayo. Yung papasok ng Maynila talagang hihigpitan namin ang pagbabantay,” ani Fernando.

Bilang bahagi ng hakbanging ito, naglagay na ng checkpoint ang Bulacan Police sa entry at exit points ng lalawigan pati na sa mga daanang papunta at pabalik ng North Luzon Expressway at Metro Manila.

Ayon kay Bulacan Provincial Police director PCol. Lawrence Cajipe, dadaan sa inspeksyon ang mga sasakyan upang matiyak na authorized person outside residence (APOR), medical at iba pang essential workers lang ang bumibiyahe.

“Kung hindi sila APOR, huwag na nilang pilitin palabas. Madedelay lang sila pagmumulan lang ng tensyon, kung di naman medical emergency huwag nang lumabas,” ani Cajipe.

Paalala rin ng mga otoridad, suspendido sa ngayon ang biyahe ng mga pampasaherong bus, jeep at iba pang pampublikong sasakyan.

Epektibo rin ang curfew hours sa lalawigan mula alas-otso ng gabi hanggang ala-singko ng umaga. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Nestor Torres)

Davao City gov’t intercepts LSIs allegedly trying to skirt protocols vs COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   July 31, 2020

Locally-stranded individuals (LSI) allegedly attempting to enter Davao City using a different airport or via land travels to avoid cumbersome protocols against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have been intercepted by the Task Force Davao (TFD), the city government said.

In a statement, the city government said that as of July 28, Tuesday, the TFD reported having intercepted a total of 175 LSIs at the city’s three major entry points – Lasang, Sirawan, and Lacson.

TFD commander Colonel Consolito Yecla said that of this figure, at least 87 were residents of Davao City while the remaining 88 were just passing by for their destination provinces.

“Those who are residents of the city were escorted to the testing center for their swab tests while the non-residents were escorted toward the boundaries,” he said.

“We escorted them to the boundaries to ensure that they will not make a stop in the city, we treat everyone as a carrier so it will be vital if they make a stop,” he added.

On Wednesday the TFD also intercepted a person who failed the Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) in Trento, Agusan del Sur.

The patient was immediately brought to the Southern Philippine Medical Center (SPMC).

Some LSIs are allegedly trying to skirt an earlier order of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, requiring those entering the city to provide negative results of Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT PCR) taken at least 72 hours before boarding their flights.

The order was later modified and testing is now being done as plane passengers leave the Davao International Airport.

Contract tracing was among the main issues in the past when LSIs tested positive for the disease.

With the exit testing, contact tracing will now be easier, the city government said.

Mga stranded na pasahero sa NAIA, inilipat sa isang temporary shelter sa Pasay – DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   June 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Sa isang paaralan sa Pasay City pansamantalang mananatili ang mahigit sa 300 stranded na pasahero habang naghihintay ng masasakyan pauwi sa kani-kanilang probinsya.

Ayon sa Department of Transportation (DOTr), dinala muna sa Villamor Air Base Elementary School ang mga stranded na pasahero matapos ang ilang araw na pananatili sa ilalim ng isnag elevated expressway malapit sa Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Karamihan umano sa mga ito ay naipit sa Metro Manila matapos abutan ng community quarantine habang nag-aasikaso ng mga papeles para sa aplikasyon sa trabaho sa ibayong dagat.

At dahil naantala na ang pag-proseso ng kanilang mga dokumento, pinapauwi na umano muna sila ng manning agency at tatawagan na lang kapag maayos na ang sitwasyon.

Nang payagan ng pamahalaan ang muling pagbubukas ng domestic flights para sa locally-stranded individuals, nagpuntahan ang mga ito sa NAIA bitbit ang kanilang mga ticket.

Ngunit pagdating sa paliparan, saka lang nila nalaman na kanselado pala o kaya ay nalipat ang schedule ng kanilang biyahe.

Bunsod nito, napilitan ang ilan sa kanila na maghintay na lamang malapit sa NAIA dahil wala naman anilang inilaang accommodation ang kanilang agency habang stranded sila sa Metro Manila.

Hindi rin sila pinapayagang makapasok sa airport terminals kung hindi pa nila schedule na umalis.

“Kami po y’ong nag-apply na mag-abroad tapos hindi po natuloy kaya na-cancel po kaya wala na po kaming matirhan. Exactly po talaga flight namin June 9 tapos nag-extend kasi po eh. Tapos wala na kaming mapuntahan kaya dito na lang po kami pumunta,” ang kwento ni Romarie Viola, isa sa mga locally-stranded individuals.

Bilang tugon sa sitwasyon, nagpadala ng mga tauhan ang Philippine Coast Guard at Pasay City Police noong Huwebes ng gabi para ilipat ang mga stranded nating kababayan sa isang paaralan sa Pasay na magsisilbi nilang temporary shelter.

Dito, makakakain sila at makakapag-pahinga ng maayos habang nakikipag-ugnayan sila sa airline companies at kaukulang local government units para sa kanila pag-uwi.

Samantala, nagbabala naman ang DOTr sa manning agencies na magpapabaya sa kanilang mga aplikante at tauhan.

Ayon kay DOTr Assistant Secretary Eymard Eje, maaaring maharap sa kaso ang manning agencies kapag napatunayang tinatakasan nito ang kanilang obligasyon.

“Nakatanggap kami ng mga report na ito, dinadala dito ng mga manning agency nila para tumakas sa kanilang mga obligasyon. Kaya y’ong mga manning agency, binabantaan namin kayo, itigil ninyo na ‘yan dahil ‘pag nahuli namin kayo, sigurado katakot-takot na kaso aabutin ninyo,” ani Eje.

Una nang ipinag-utos ni Pangulong Duterte sa mga kaukulang ahensya ng pamahalaan na tutukan ang pagbibigay-ayuda at pagpapauwi sa lalawigan ng mga kababayang naipit sa Metro Manila sa gitna ng community quarantine.

Samantala, muli namang nanawagan ang Manila International Airport Authority sa mga pasahero na huwag pupunta sa mga paliparan kung hindi pa kumpirmado ang kanilang flight. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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