The provincial local government unit (PLGU) offered to assist repatriated OFWs while the municipal LGUs focus on LSI constituents.
"The Provincial Government remains steadfast in its commitment to bring home repatriated OFWs and locally stranded "Kakailyans,” said Governor Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr., chairperson of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) and the Provincial Legal Office were tasked to coordinate with concerned offices and to advise the concerned on the requisites for the internal migration.
Last May 24, the PLGU in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Philippine Coast Guard and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration facilitated the arrival of four OFWs, three of them from Tadian and one from Bauko, in their respective municipalities. They were the latest batch of repatriates.
Others are expected to return home once their necessary clearances are issued by the OWWA and Philippine Coast Guard.
As of the update dated May 25, 2020, 14 OFW repatriates from the province tested negative of the COVID-19.
"While there has been tasking among LGUs, the PDRRMC and the PDRRMO are not limiting its help to OFWs only. The Mountain Province Operations Center will still provide assistance to our people affected by the COVID-19 to the best of its limited capacity," PDRRMO Edward F. Chumawar, Jr. said.
Last week, the different MLGUs in the province started welcoming back their LSIs. Many of the MLGUs are responsible in providing transportation to the returning residents.
As a health protocol, the PDRRMC has set up triage booths in different provincial border entry points of Mt. Province where the LSIs and returning OFWs and will be checked for COVID 19 symptoms. Those who have symptoms will be brought directly to the hospital.
As a general rule, those coming from areas with confirmed COVID cases are required to undergo the 14 day mandatory quarantine in identified isolation areas in their respective barangays or be home quarantined and monitored by the Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams. (PIA Mt. Province with reports from PG)
By PIA Mt. Province