By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
Ten locally stranded individuals (LSIs) in San Juan City were sent off by the local government to their respective provinces today.
Mayor Francis Zamora said the LSIs are composed of nine printing press workers from Masbate and a domestic helper from Cavite.
Two vehicles from the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) brought the LSIs to their destinations after a send off at the San Juan City Hall.
Zamora said the city government facilitated the processing of requirements needed by the returning LSIs such as health certificates, travel passes, and certificate of acceptance.
“We have facilitated their health passes to ensure that they are fit and healthy to return to their provinces,” he said.
The returning LSIs were subjected to a rapid test and all tested negative.
The local government also provided them with food allowance, food packs and special duffle bags.
According to Zamora, the return of the LSIs have already been coordinated with their respective local government units (LGUs).
The health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has left thousands of people stranded in Metro Manila and other provinces.
The national government as well as LGUs provided stranded individuals with transportation so they can return home.
Zamora said the 10 LSIs were the second batch of stranded individuals who were brought to their respective provinces with the help of the San Juan government..
The city government previously assisted 64 LSIs who have no means of returning home.
Zamora said the first batch was composed of 64 LSIs that included 54 individuals from the Lanao provinces in Mindanao, a domestic helper bound for Saudi Arabia whose flight was cancelled and had to return to Nueva Ecija, and nine construction workers from Albay.
For LSIs currently staying in San Juan, the mayor urged them to coordinate with the city government through their barangay captains so the requirements needed for their return will be facilitated.
“We will also help in providing our LSIs with their transportation needs,” he said.
“As long as there are still LSIs, they can coordinate with us here at the City Hall, and San Juan is ready to help as much as we can,” he added.