Aboard the Cokaliong MV Filipinas Jagna, stranded locals were welcomed here by our frontliners. They were fetched by vans and ambulances from Maasin City port to their respective towns on Tuesday, June 9, around 1 o’clock early morning.
Minimum health standard protocols such as wearing of face mask and social distancing is strictly observed. All of them, even their backpacks, underwent the sanitation process.
In an interview with the Young Southern Leyteños in Cebu, the group claimed that this batch of LSIs have the full support and coordination with the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). Young Southern Leyteños in Cebu is a group composed of Southern Leyte volunteers who willingly helped and facilitated the required documents needed for the stranded locals.
According to the group, most of the returnees had lost their jobs in Cebu while others can no longer pay the rent and decided to finally go home.
Meanwhile, Maasin City Mayor Nacional Mercado appealed to our LSIs to follow the rules and make a coordination first for smooth return.
“I urged our locally stranded individuals to make a coordination first with the LGU, comply the necessary documents, and observe health protocols religiously so that everybody is safe from the virus,” Mercado said.
Of the 212 LSIs, 41 are from the City of Maasin, followed by Sogod with 25; Liloan- 20; San Juan- 19; Tomas Oppus- 15; Macrohon- 15; Hinundayan- 11; Bontoc- 11; Padre Burgos- 9; Libagon- 9; Silago- 8; Hinunangan- 8; Anahawan- 7; St. Bernard- 4; Pintuyan- 3; Limasawa- 2; Malitbog and San Francisco – 1.
No returnee from the town of San Ricardo. Additional 3 passengers on board were from Ormoc City.
As of this press time, Southern Leyte remains free from the virus.