Locally stranded individuals (LSIs) will have to wait for a week to enter Negros Occidental following the suspension of their arrivals.
This developed after Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson asked the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) for a seven-day moratorium on the entry of the returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) and LSIs to “decongest, disinfect, and prepare quarantine facilities for the new batch of incoming” Negrenses.
The governor also reiterated the congestion and non-availability of quarantine facilities due to the immense influx of ROFs and LSIs.
In response, the RIATF, through Resolution No. 43 dated October 2, approved the suspension of the arrival of LSIs to the province from October 3 to 9, provided that LSIs bound for Bacolod City and other local government units are unhampered and may enter through the Bacolod-Silay Airport.
The Philippine National Police has suspended the issuance of travel authority for LSIs and residents returning to the province in compliance with the RIATF resolution.
The Directorate for Operations has alerted all Police Regional Offices, Aviation Security Group, and Maritime Group to implement the suspension of travel to the province.
Bacolod City has a total of 4,213 coronavirus cases with 90 fatalities, while Negros Occidental has 3,277 and 49 deaths. – Rappler.com