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Cebu City partners with shipping lines to get stranded residents home for free

Ryan Macasero
Cebu City partners with shipping lines to get stranded residents home for free

Cebu City port

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Stranded Cebu City residents can apply for the free ticket upon showing their travel authority and a valid ID indicating a Cebu City address

Cebu City residents stranded in other places across the country due to community quarantines may ride home for free starting this month.

The Cebu City Government partnered with the following shipping lines to get residents home:

  • Medallion Shipping Lines
  • TransAsia Shipping Lines
  • Cokaliong Shipping Lines
  • Lite Shipping Lines
  • 2Go Travel

Stranded Cebu City residents can apply for a free ticket upon showing their travel authority and a valid ID indicating a Cebu City address.

Cebu City only began receiving stranded residents at the beginning of August, when restrictions eased over the city. 

According to Cebu City Councilor Joel Garganera, in the first week of August, the city only received 600 stranded Cebuanos, but more are expected to arrive before the end of the month. 

TransAsia Shipping said in a statement it was providing free trips through the following routes until August 30.

  • Cagayan de Oro to Cebu City
  • Ozamiz to Cebu City
  • Iligan to Cebu City
  • Iloilo to Cebu City
  • Surigao to Cebu City

For schedules of other shipping lines, check their websites and social media pages. 

Garganera said fares for stranded residents will be reimbursed to the shipping lines from the city government. – Rappler.com

Ryan Macasero

Ryan covers Cebu and the Visayas for Rappler. He covers all news in the region, but is particularly interested in people stories, development issues and local policy making.