Stranded persons cannot leave, enter Cebu City

THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 7 has temporarily banned the travel of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) going to and from Cebu City, which has an increasing number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases.

In an advisory issued on Friday, June 19, 2020 and signed by DILG 7 Director Leocadio Trovela, the movement of LSIs in Cebu City is temporarily prohibited.

“Per instruction received by the undersigned from (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año, the movement of LSIs coming from or going to Cebu City, which is under enhanced community quarantine, will not be allowed temporarily,” the advisory read.

City Councilor Joel Garganera, chairman of the Cebu City Covid-19 Task Force on Seaports, said the City will implement the directive. He said all vessels were told not to accommodate LSIs, both inbound and outbound.

Since the directive means LSIs currently in the city will have to stay longer, Garganera said the LSIs will receive relief goods in barangays where they are staying.

As for Cebu City residents who are stranded in other areas in the country, Mayor Edgardo Labella said the City will look for a way to reach out to them.

Labella has considered communicating to officials in other provinces and regions to send help to Cebuano LSIs.

“If there is a way of sending them help, we will help. Let’s look for a way,” said Labella.

In Resolution 47 issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases last June 19, the National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 was directed to evaluate the ground-level response of Cebu City starting Monday, June 22.

The NTF was also directed to observe for the improvement of the management of LSIs. (JJL)