‘COVID’ sends home over 20K Capiceños so far

ROXAS CITY, Capiz, Jan. 7 (PIA) – More than 20,000 Capiceños have returned to the province based on Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) data as of Jan. 4 amid quarantine protocols due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

In a PDRRMO update, a total of 14,647 Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) and 5,851 repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are now back to their respective localities and families.

Roxas City Airport

“About 900 to 1,000 LSIs and ROFs arrive in the province every week,” said PDRRMO head Judy Grace Pelaez, referring to the recorded average
arrivals of the LSIs and Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs) last December.

She added that returning passengers must comply with the documentary requirements and protocols and undergo a 14-day facility quarantine upon arrival in their respective localities.

The local government unit of Roxas City topped other LGUs on the number of returning LSIs 3,068 followed by Pilar and Pontevedra towns with 1,148 and 1,095 accounted arrivals, respectively.

The city has also the most number of returning OFW with 1,955 individuals followed by Mambusao, 410; and Dumarao, 322.

The province now has a twice a week special flight schedules of both Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air which are limited to Capiceño OFW repatriates, ROFs, LSIs and Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APORs).

The provincial government has also allowed the LSIs to go home via Roll On - Roll Off (RORO) buses after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has also allowed the resumption of the RORO's provincial operation.

Returning Capiceños may also opt the sea passenger vessels from Batangas Port to Culasi Port, here. (JBG/AAL/PIA Capiz)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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