Tue. Aug 3rd, 2021

BACOLOD CITY – Mayor Evelio Leonardia has urged residents of Bacolod still stranded in Metro Manila and other places to get in touch with the city government for assistance.

“We have people in-charge (of) that. May I advise everybody concerned or those who know anyone affected to please contact the City Tourism Office so we can help them,” he said in a virtual press conference on Wednesday night.

As of Friday, the City Tourism Office has yet to release a report on the feedback from those staying in Metro Manila.

Leonardia said those who are still in Metro Manila could organize themselves and inform the city officials about their plan so they would know how to assist them. 

He said he learned from one airline that a charter flight from Manila to Bacolod could be arranged if the required number of passengers, which is about a hundred, is met.

“If you know anyone, please report it to us and we will help facilitate. The best thing to do is for them to report to us,” Leonardia added.

For now, the city government is set to assist a group from Cebu traveling to Escalante City, Negros Occidental on the way to Bacolod.

The city government, he said, would require them to obtain a health clearance in Escalante before proceeding to Bacolod.

Once they arrive here, they would be fetched by the Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) to be committed as persons under monitoring (PUMs), he added.

As PUMs, they will be required to undergo a 14-day home quarantine and will be given a barangay clearance after they complete the quarantine period.

Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, chairman of Bacolod City’s Inter-Agency Task Force Against Covid-19, said for returning overseas Filipino workers, a protocol should be followed.

“They have to coordinate with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA),” Familiaran said.

The OWWA will facilitate the arrangements with the origin local government unit (LGU), which will then communicate with the destination LGU, in this case, Bacolod City. (PNA)

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