Some 517 individuals arrived at the Puerto Princesa Port (PPP) on Sunday morning (June 14), the biggest batch arrival to date since repatriation began over two weeks ago.
The City Information Office, in an initial report Sunday, said that 337 out of the total 517 returnees were city residents from Metro Manila and Coron town.
The returnees were aboard MV Saint Leo the Great of the 2Go Shipping Lines composed of locally stranded individuals (LSI), overseas Filipino worker (OFW) returnees, and allowed persons outside residence (APOR) from Metro Manila and Coron town.
“Matapos na masundo ang mga ito ay agad na sasailalim sa rapid test at 14 days quarantine,” the CIO initial report added.
The local officials from Puerto Princesa City conducted physical checkups and mandatory rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) of each individual, while the Palawan incident management team (IMT) had pre-arranged transports that will carry Palawan returnees to their respective municipalities where they will undergo 14-day mandatory quarantine.
An OFW returnee, who was part of the repatriates that arrived on May 31, told Palawan News Sunday that all 12 of them were already sent home by the City Health Office (CHO).
“Nagstart ng past 7 a.m. ‘yong pag-release,” a female OFW said.
However, the COVID-19 positive patient, who was also part of their OFW batch, remained under isolation in one of the city quarantine facilities. She is yet to receive her confirmatory test result within this week.
“Naiwan siya doon. Pangalawang swab test niya na dito. Hinihintay na lang ‘yong result,” the OFW added.
Based on the research conducted by Palawan News, 162 individuals were already sent home after remaining asymptomatic and nonreactive to their repeat RDT.
The Provincial Information Office (PIO) of Palawan, in a press statement issued Saturday, said that 56 local stranded individuals (LSIs) and approved persons outside residence (APORs) arrived via a Montenegro ferry on Saturday (June 12).
The stranded individuals boarded from Iloilo and arrived at around 6:45 a.m. in Puerto Princesa City.
The LSIs and APORs are currently housed in the quarantine facility in Barangay Irawan, where they will be subjected to RDT and a 14-day mandatory quarantine before returning to their respective homes.
Based on reports, a total of 1,241 individuals, 568 of whom were city residents and 673 were from different municipalities of Palawan, have returned home since the national government eased the travel restrictions late May.
(With a report from Patricia Laririt)