Stranded persons told to follow quarantine protocols

JOINT Task Force COVID Shield commander, Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar yesterday called on Locally Stranded Individuals or LSIs who want to return to their homes in the provinces to follow government protocols that will make it much easier for them to pass thru Quarantine Control Points being manned by the police and the military.

The official said LSIs need to comply with government rules in order to  avoid hassles and unnecessary inconvenience during their travel including being denied passage at QCPs  for lack of travel authority which will serve as their ‘tickets’ to their hometowns.

In coordination with Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the Joint Task Force COVID Shield commander has informed local police commanders to properly and courteously deal with LSIs passing in their respective areas of responsibility.

Lt. Gen. Eleazar explained that while the LSIs are not Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR), they are given consideration to travel going to a certain destination with Travel Authority (TA) issued by JTF CV Shield thru designated PNP unit commanders.

The Travel Authority must include the date of travel and point of destination, as well as the basic details on the vehicles that will be used and the names of the drivers.

“LSIs need the travel authority for passage at the QCPs. On the other hand, APORs need basic IDs and certificates of employment, travel authority is not required for APORs,” he said.

Eleazar, also the PNP Deputy Chief for Operations issued the call anew amid questions and confusion on the protocol for the travel of LSIs following reports that the lifting of quarantine restrictions was misinterpreted by many to be a ‘clearance’ for their return to their homes in the provinces.

“There are still rules that have to be followed and these rules were not implemented to be additional burden for our stranded people but to ensure that they are safe, and that the communities where they want to go back to would also be safe from possible coronavirus infection,” the official said.