A TOTAL of 15,367 individuals have gone back to their respective local government units (LGUs) after they were stranded in Cebu Province for more than four months because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
In Cebu City, City Councilor Joel Garganera said 14,736 locally stranded individuals (LSIs) have gone home, while 3,150 Cebu City residents who were elsewhere when the health crisis struck have returned to the city since Aug. 1.
The government imposed lockdowns and restricted public movements to try and contain the highly infectious Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, in March.
In Mandaue City, the number of LSIs who have returned to their respective LGUs has reached 1,077, while 417 residents who were stranded outside the city have since returned, according to the Philippine Coast Guard, which based the figures on the number of passengers who passed through the Ouano Port.
At the port in Danao City, 255 LSIs have set sail while 29 residents are back home.
About 18,000 people were stranded in Cebu City when the government placed the city on community quarantine status. Most of them could not go home because their respective
LGUs refused to let them enter since the city had a high number of Covid-19 cases between March and July.
The Cebu City Council has authorized Mayor Edgardo Labella to give 5,000 LSIs P1,000 each after they requested financial assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Services.
The City Government also shouldered the boat fare of residents stranded outside the city so they could return home. (PAC/PJB)