PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa said they have taken the lead role in providing security to nearly 10,000 Locally Stranded Individuals or SLIs in Metro Manila who are planning to return to their hometowns starting yesterday,
According to the PNP chief, they are helping secure the LSIs in Metro Manila who have availed of the government’s ‘Hatid Tulong’ Program to bring them back to their respective provinces and hometowns.
“We are prepared to give security to the returning LSIs with proper coordination with their receiving local government units,” he said.
The 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 documents by the One-Stop Shop manned by PNP personnel along with help desks ffrom the government or the issuance of Travel Authority to qualified individuals.
The PNP Health Service also sends doctors and nurses to the National Capital Region Police Office to support Department of Health personnel in the conduct of rapid testing and issuance of medical certificates.
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 in the strict implementation of travel guidelines to the provinces to avoid the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.