AT least 10,000 Locally Stranded Individuals or LSIs in Metro Manila over the weekend were assisted by Philippine National Police personnel in returning to their hometowns and provinces thru the ‘Hatid-Tulong’ program of the government,” PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa said yesterday,
The PNP chief said that police facilitated the issuance of Travel Authority to the qualified LSIs thru their One-Stop Shop help desks. On the other hand, medical teams from the PNP Health Service supposed the Department of Health in administering a rapid test on the LSIs before issuing them medical certificates which is a travel requirement.
“All concerned Police Regional Offices and lower units coordinated with local government units for the smooth transit of LSI’s into provinces, cities and municipalities while strictly observing IATF imposed health protocols and standards,” Gen. Gamboa added.
The PNP took the lead role in security the LSIs prior to their return to their hometowns.
The ‘Hatid-Tulong’ program is a transport assistance of the government to LSIs comprising of students, workers, OFWs and tourists,among others to go back to their respective places of origin all over the Philippines.
A send-off ceremony for the returning LSIs was held at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park in Manila after the processing of their needed documents by the One-Stop Shop manned by PNP personnel along with help desks from the government or the issuance of Travel Authority to qualified individuals.
Gen. Gamboa noted that security measures have been heightened in all seaports, airports, and bus stops for the passage of buses and other vehicles carrying LSIs.
“The PNP is always here to assist our kababayans and to ensure that this two-day activity will be conducted orderly and peacefully while observing minimum health standards,” he said.
The PNP chief has instructed all Police Regional Offices to assist their respective LGUs and other agencies for the strict implementation of travel guidelines to the provinces to avoid the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.