(Photo courtesy of Mike Escote//Provincial Information Office)

Some 122 locally stranded individuals (LSI) from Iloilo province arrived in Puerto Princesa Port (PPP) late Wednesday, as Palawan continued to relax its border controls with its downgrade to the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

Dr. Mary Ann Navarro, chief of Provincial Health Office (PHO), told Palawan News Thursday that the Palawan LSIs will be subjected to rapid testing next week. She had explained earlier that the efficiency of rapid test results is more “reliable on the first week”.

“Hindi sila na-rapid test, ang iba kasi diretso sa munisipyo, ‘yong mga sinundo. ‘Yong [iba] naman nasa hotel,” Navarro said, adding that they were directly brought to quarantine facilities for the mandatory 14-day isolation.

The 122 LSIs, 55 of whom were city residents while 67 were from different municipalities in Palawan, boarded MV Ma. Isabel of Montenegro Shipping Lines.

They were welcomed and assessed by personnel from the joint Incident Management Team (IMT) of Puerto Princesa City and Palawan.

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