106 stranded students from Iloilo arrive Tuesday, May 26 at the city pier, through the help of the Sagip Palaweño program of the provincial government. (Photo courtesy of Joanna Dean Pasoot-Valoyas/Palawan Moving Forward)

Some 106 stranded Palaweño students in Iloilo were welcomed Tuesday by representatives of the city government and Sagip Palaweño program of the province via Montenegro Lines.

They arrived in the city aboard MV Ma. Isabel at around 9:30 a.m. but was only able to go down the passenger ship at past noon due to required quarantine protocols at the pier.

Caesar Sammy Magbanua, chief of staff of the Office of the Provincial Governor (OPG) of Palawan and Sagip Palaweño program head, said Tuesday that of the 106 stranded students or locally stranded individuals (LSIs), 42 are from Puerto Princesa and the rest are from various municipalities in the province.

“Yong 41 ay taga-city and the rest taga-munisipyo na. Sila yong mga natulungan natin sa Sagip Palaweño program ng provincial government sa pamamagitan ng office ni Governor (Jose) Alvarez,” Magbanua told Palawan News.



“Yong mga taga-city ay iha-handle ang quarantining ng city health, yong mga taga-probinsya naman, yong mga local government units (LGUs) ang in charge sa quarantine nila. Doon na sila iko-quarantine,” he added.

The students are from the towns of Aborlan (4), Araceli (1), Bataraza (7), Brooke’s Point (7), Dumaran (1), El Nido (3), Narra (7), Quezon (2), Rizal (1), Roxas (11), San Vicente (1), Sofronio Española (4), Cuyo (11), and Taytay (4).

“Yong from Cuyo ay doon na bumaba,” Magbanua said.

Most of the stranded were students of the University of the Philippines Visayas and some from other colleges and universities in Iloilo.

Sagip Palaweño is a special program of the provincial government to assist returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) and LSIs in Luzon and other provinces in the Philippines.

It was set up on May 5, as a sub-cluster of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) under the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) of the Province of Palawan.


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