CEBU City Mayor Edgardo Labella has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with five shipping lines to provide transportation to city residents stranded elsewhere in the country because of the lockdowns imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Starlite Ferries, Medallion Transport, Cokaliong Shipping Lines, Lite Shipping and 2GO will initially shoulder the cost of ferrying locally stranded individuals (LSIs) home.
The City Government will later refund them for the cost of the tickets.
In July, the City Council approved the resolution to allow the mayor to sign the MOA to help the LSIs.
The City Government also provided financial assistance to non- residents who were stranded in the city so they, too, could go home.
The Department of Social Welfare and Services gave them P1,500 each if they lived in Cebu Province; between P1,500 and P3,000 if they lived in Central Visayas; and between P3,000 and P5,000 if they lived in either Mindanao or Luzon.
According to City Councilor Joel Garganera, deputy chief implementer of the Emergency Operations Center, a total of 2,244 LSIs have since returned to Cebu City from other parts of the archipelago, while 9,999 non-residents who were stranded in the city were finally able to go home after more than four months. (PAC / PJB)