LGU Santa allows essential travelers from NCR to return home, suspends STL  

SANTA, Ilocos Sur, Apr. 9 (PIA) – Stranded resident Santanians who traveled to the National Capital Region (NCR) for essential reasons can now return to the municipality despite the imposition of modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) here after Santa Mayor Jesus Bueno Jr. issued Executive Order (EO) No. 16 yesterday.
“To remove the burden of these stranded resident Santanians of looking for a safe and temporary shelter in the NCR, the local government unit (LGU) of Santa will allow their return to the municipality, subject to the conditions set by the EO No. 28 of Governor Ryan Luis Singson and Ordinance No. 385, series of 2020 or the Mandatory Quarantine and Isolation of all Returning Residents from Areas under ECQ and MECQ of the municipality of Santa,” the EO reads.
The EO said that only resident Santanians who left the town of Santa one week before the imposition of the MECQ and were stranded in the NCR  shall be allowed entry to the municipality.
Stranded resident Santanians must sufficiently establish that the reason for travel to NCR was essential such as scheduled medical checkup or employment-related appointments.
They should also present a certificate of acceptance from the LGU-Santa; valid ID; S-Pass registration; and RT-PCR released within 72 hours or antigen test taken 24 hours upon entry.
Upon arrival to the municipality, they will undergo a 14-day facility-based quarantine.
In order to avoid over-occupancy of the municipal quarantine facility, the LGU-Santa shall accept 10 returning Santanians every seven days.
The Municipal Health Officer shall exercise prudent medical judgment in assessing whether a quarantined returning Santanian may be transferred to a barangay quarantine facility to complete the required quarantine period.
This order is valid from April 9 to 21, 2021.
Further, Mayor Bueno also issued EO No. 17 suspending the bet collection activities of the small town lottery (STL)  while the town is under MECQ, except for the draws conducted by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
“The main reason for the imposition of the MECQ is to contain the further spread of the SARS-COV2 by restricting the movement of persons. To allow the unrestricted movement of STL bet collectors would be contrary to the purpose of the imposed MECQ in the municipality, as the ambulant collectors would be unknowingly carrying and infecting the residents they visit,” the EO stated.
Likewise, this order takes effect from April 9 to 21, 2021. (AMB/PIA Ilocos Sur)

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

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