Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas took to Facebook to air his sentiments regarding locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who has failed to follow protocols. It may be recalled that have been reports of LSIs violating the mandatory 14-day quarantine – varied media outfits reported violations from LSIs in Ingore, Lapaz and Camalig, Jaro.
Here, the Iloilo City Mayor shares his thoughts:
“After we encountered some LSIs who failed to follow our protocol of home quarantine in order to stop the spread of the virus, I issued Executive Order 96 for returning LSIs and OFWs from NCR and Cebu Province that they should undergo facility quarantine by the city or hotel quarantine. If you choose to have facility quarantine by the city, we will shoulder all expenses, for hotel quarantine, you have to shoulder on your own.
We have been accomodating all the LSIs who wanted to go back home to the extent that we would fetch and test them for free. But some has become irresponsible and went out of their homes even under quarantine. Now, we have to trace all the persons they came in contact with and test all of them. It is a waste of effort and resources of the city.
I cannot understand why they would violate the quarantine protocol and would want to cause harm to their family, friends and loved ones. The City of Iloilo and our citizens have sacrificed so much just to stop the spread of the virus, and we cannot allow this to happen again. To anyone who knows any LSIs who have been violating their quarantine protocols, please don’t hesitate to contact our PNP, for under the Bayanihan Law they will be held liable for escaping their quarantine.”
It may be recalled that the City has issued Executive Order No. 96, implementing the mandatory protocols for returning residents (both locally stranded individuals and overseas Filipino workers) and authorized persons outside residence coming from the National Capital Region, Cebu City, and Talisay City, arriving at Iloilo City, and other persons tested for COVID-19.
The EO enumerates mandatory protocols:
- COVID-19 testing.
- Admission and Confinement.
- Contact tracing.