Locally-stranded people

July 07, 2020

IT is only just and proper for concerned government authorities to return to their homes all locally-stranded individuals (LSIs) in various parts of the Philippines, which continues to grapple with COVID-19.

By sending home these beleaguered people, including students, workers and tourists, we are on track responding to the COVID-19 pandemic that remains a major headache of people across the globe.

But Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, chair of the Senate committee on health, was quick to remind those tasked to implement “Hatid Tulong” program to comply with all health and safety protocols.

In implementing the “Hatid Tulong” initiative, the neophyte and highly-effective Senator Go said that “hindi natin pwedeng ipagkait ang karapatan ng mga Pilipino na makauwi sa mga sarili nilang bayan.”

No less than President Duterte, a Mindanaoan like Go, has called for the return of the thousands of Filipinos stranded by the implementation of community quarantine in various parts of the country.

Since the return of LSIs to their homes is a directive from President Duterte, it is important to make sure that proper health and safety protocols are in place to avoid the further spread of COVID-19.

“Gawin lang po ito sa ligtas at tamang paraan. Sundin palagi ang…protocols at siguraduhin na mapo-protektahan ang mga komunidad na kanilang uuwian,” Go told concerned government authorities.

Likewise, proper coordination must also be followed to make sure that receiving local government units (LGUs) are willing and ready to accept their returning constituents.

The Office of the President (OP) and Senator Go’s office give food packs while the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) grants financial assistance to LSIs.

A most welcome move, the safe return of locally-stranded individuals to their homes is part of government efforts to win the battle against the unseen but deadly corona virus.