MANILA – Joint Task Force Covid Shield (JTF CV Shield) commander, Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, on Thursday announced that they have issued travel authority to more than 57,000 locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and persons travelling for indispensable reasons.
“Most of those issued with travel authority have long been reunited with their respective families. And we in the JTF Covid Shield are also happy to assist those who sought our help for emergency-related travels,” Eleazar said in a press statement.
As of Wednesday, the task force has already issued travel authority to a total of 57,152 LSIs and those travelling due to medical reasons and family emergencies.
Most of the LSIs and are from Luzon, with the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) having the most number of travel authority approved at 10,230, followed by the Police Regional Office (PRO) 3 (Central Luzon) with 9,711; and PRO-Cordillera Administrative Region with 6,963. The fourth is Police Regional Office 1 (Ilocos) with 6,789.
PRO-5 (Bicol) has issued 3,860 copies of travel authority; PRO 4B (Mimaropa) with 3,213; PRO 2 (Cagayan Valley) with 1,810 and PRO 4A (Calabarzon) has 183.
In the Visayas, PRO-7 (Central Visayas) has the most number of issued copies of travel authority with 3,872; followed by PRO-6 (Western Visayas) with 3,564; and, PRO-8 (Eastern Visayas) with 966.
In Mindanao, the PRO-9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) issued 1,702 copies of travel authority; PRO 12 (Soccsksargen) with 1,242; PRO-11 (Davao Region) with 451; PRO 10 (Northern Mindanao) with 175 and PRO-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao with 246.
On the other hand, the PNP Directorate for Operations also issued a total of 2,174 copies of travel authority.
The issuance of travel authority is part of the national government’s efforts to assist as many people who need to go back to their hometowns, especially the students and workers, and or have to go out and move to other areas out of necessity.
Eleazar, however, said strict medical protocols are being observed before a travel authority is issued.
In fact, a medical clearance certificate from the city and municipal office where the applicants would originate is the required document for the issuance of travel authority.
For more information on the issuance of travel authority, the public can contact the JTF CV Shield via these hotlines: 0998-849-0013 for Smart users and 0917-538-2495 for Globe users. The JTF CV Shield can also be reached through its email address: email@example.com.
The PNP Helpline 16677 can also be contacted for requests for assistance and concerns on travel authority. (PNA)