From the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila where the LSISs were assembled, the iKalingas along with other LSIs from the Cordillera Region and Cagayan Valley boarded last night Partas buses to bring them to their home provinces.
Five LSIs composed of a family were dropped off at the Cagayan Sports Coliseum at Tuguegarao City while three others alighted at Abbut, Quezon, Isabela where they were fetched by vehicles of the provincial local government unit and brought them to their hometown in Pinukpuk.
The Jarabejo‘s with their three children arrived with their whole household wares after deciding to leave Dasmariñas, Cavite where they resided for six years.
Loida Jarabelo is an elementary teacher at a private school but since the no- work no-pay rule in the private employment applies, she resigned. Raul is a construction worker whose job was affected by the lockdown due to COVID- 19.
She expressed her family’s gratitude to the government for safely bringing them home. She related that they applied for the Hatid Tulong in May and were just accommodated this July because of the tedious processing of requirements.
Loida said she plans to engage in micro entrepreneurship if she finds capital.
On the other hand, Klimer Baluyan, Reden Madayag and Ismael Allon were applying in the Armed Forces of the Philippines when they were locked down in Taguig City. They learned about the program through a friend.
“We have no food, no more money. Everything was exhausted during the quarantine period. We are lucky to be included in the Hatid Tulong program,” said Baluyan.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development- SWAD gave each of the LSIs food packs and hygiene kit.
The 8 LSIs who arrived today are the second batch of stranded individuals brought home to Kalinga under the Hatid Tulong Program. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)
By Peter A. Balocnit