Some 38 Bacolod City residents who were stranded in Palawan when the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was imposed were finally able to go home on May 21 via Dumangas, Iloilo aboard the M/V Mari Lolita of Montenegro Lines.
Stata-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) said they make up the fourth batch of non-Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who journeyed back home this month after being stranded in Palawan since March 15 when the Luzon-wide ECQ was imposed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
They were met at the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. (BREDCO) port by Bacolod City government officials and health workers.
The PNA said they were immediately brought to a temporary treatment and monitoring facility (TTMF) at the Education and Training Center (ETCS)-I extension campus for a 14-day mandatory quarantine on locally stranded individuals (LSIs).
The teams of the Bacolod City government for both returning OFWs and non-OFWs facilitated the transport of the arriving residents with the governments of Puerto Princesa City and the provincial government of Palawan.
The PNA said they also comprise the fourth batch of the “Malasakit Voyage” passengers who have returned to Bacolod since April 28.
Councilor Israel Salanga, chair of the Action Team on Returning OFWs, welcomed the group and facilitated their transportation to a hotel, where they will undergo their quarantine.
“They get a free swab test once they arrive in Bacolod,” Salanga said.
This will be done during the quarantine and they will be sent home after two weeks if their reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests turn negative for the coronavirus disease.