MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has confirmed the departure of locally stranded individuals (LSI) bound for Bacolod and Iloilo after more than three weeks of waiting.
This, after the moratorium on the acceptance of LSIs was formally lifted on 15 July 2020 by the authorities of Region 6, the PPA said.
In a statement posted on Facebook, the PPA reported that a total of 1,092 passengers had been sent on their way to their home provinces onboard M/V St. Therese of the Child Jesus that left Metro Manila late Thursday night (July 16).
The ports agency also reported that around 174 LSIs out of the 1,092 passengers have stayed at the Port Management Office (PMO) NCR-North Annex Building; while 44 passengers, composed of women and children, were accommodated by the Manila North Harbor Port Inc. (MNHPI) at the Passenger Terminal Building Arrival Area.
“The PPA, through PPA PMO NCR-North led by PM Annie Lee F. Manese, extends its deepest appreciation to the San Miguel Corporation and Mr. Ramon S. Ang for covering the meals of the LSIs during their stay at the Manila North Harbor as well as to the assistance given by the Philippine National Red Cross, Philippine Coast Guard, MNHPI, and 2GO Group,” the statement further read. —/mbmf