By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Eighty four Negros Occidental residents returned home yesterday morning after they were stranded due to the lockdown imposed in Luzon in response to ongoing concerns surrounding the coronavirus disease, or Covid-19.
The group was transported via a Cebu Pacific flight from Clark International Airport after the provincial government initiated the repatriation process.
The passengers were met by provincial administrator, Atty. Rayfrando Diaz, and Negros Occidental Philippine Councilors League President Ryan Gamboa, who sits on the Provincial Board.
The provincial government said the individuals were transported to the Mambukal Mountain Resort in Murcia, where they are expected to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Earlier, Diaz said the provincial government would allow entry to residents of the province returning home from other places as long as they can provide identification showing their address.
Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson earlier ordered the closure of the province’s borders, ports, and airports until April 14 due to the virus./DGB, WDJ