The Regional Inter-Agency Task Force in Western Visayas has approved the suspension of inbound travel of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) to Bacolod City, and the towns of Hinobaan and La Castellana in Negros Occidental.
The request of the Bacolod Emergency Operations Center Task Force for a moratorium on the entry of LSIs to Bacolod City from Dec. 21 to Jan. 3, was approved by the RIATF 6, led by its chairperson, Juan Jovian Ingeniero, regional director of the Department of the Interior and Local Government in Western Visayas, in a resolution dated Dec. 8.
Dr. Chris Sorongon, deputy for medical data analysis and assessment of EOC-TF, said the 2-week moratorium will give reprieve to the city’s health workers and enable the disinfection of isolation facilities.
Starting Dec. 16 to Dec. 22, LSIs will not be also allowed to enter the municipality of Hinobaan, and in La Castellana and Pontevedra from Dec. 22 to Jan. 5, as approved by the RIATF.
Similar requests made by the municipalities of Manapla, Candoni, Moises Padilla, and Valladolid are yet to be acted upon by the task force.
The RIATF earlier approved the requested moratorium on the return of LSIs and overseas Filipino workers from Dec. 21 to Jan. 3 in the cities of Himamaylan and Victorias, and the town of Calatrava, while the ban on the entry of LSIs to Cauayan will start from Dec. 20 until Jan. 3.
The concerned LGUs requested the suspension on the arrivals of LSIs so they can disinfect and decongest their quarantine facilities, and give frontliners much-need rest.
The RIATF also approved the request of the provincial government of Negros Occidental for a moratorium on LSI arrivals on Dec. 24, 25, and 31 and Jan. 1, to give health workers and other frontliners time to rest and celebrate the holidays. – GB