(Photo courtesy of Kurt Acosta)


EL NIDO, Palawan — The local government here has moved to temporarily suspend inbound flights operating at Lio Airport to give way for the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) re-assessment on the case of a locally stranded individual (LSI) who was reactive on rapid diagnostic test Thursday (June 18).

Public information officer Kurt Acosta in an interview confirmed that the LGU’s move to temporarily suspend Airswift inbound flights is effective immediately, however, outbounds are still allowed.

“Initially, stop muna ni LGU ang mga inbound flights kasi kailangan naming e-assess ang situation. We need to check if may mga policies need na baguhin or i-improve pero idadaan ‘yan sa IATF but outbounds ay papayagan, although wala pang official na paper pero papunta doon ang direction ni LGU,“ Acosta said.

Acosta said that all 13 LSIs who arrived Thursday were all quarantined, while the RDT reactive stayed in an isolation facility awaiting the RT-PCR swab test result.

“Kahit mahigpit ang aming health protocols, we need to further improve and be prepared kung sakaling mas marami ang sumakay,“ Acosta said.