By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The Provincial Incident Management Team (PIMT) in Negros Occidental yesterday said they are bracing for the arrival of at least 1,000 locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs) originating from Manila and Cebu.
PIMT head, Dr. Zeaphard Caelian, said due to the sudden cancellation of sea trips yesterday due to Tropical Depression “Vicky,” some of the LSIs and ROFs who were due to arrive yesterday may be rescheduled at a later time.
Caelian said more than 200 returning LSIs from Cebu are now stranded at the coastal town of Tabuelan after the cancellation of sea travel yesterday.
“We are preparing our quarantine facilities for their arrival. We will be transferring the patients who are positive with coronavirus from the Silay City Healing Center to the EB Magalona Healing Center upon instructions by Provincial Administrator, Atty. Rayfrando Diaz,” Caelian said.
He added the move will enable the Silay facility to expand and accommodate more patients.
Caelian admitted that the quarantine and isolation facilities at the different cities and towns in the province are nearing full capacity if not already full.
“We are preparing two buses to fetch both the returning LSIs and ROFs,” he added.
Almost half of the 31 local government units in Negros Occidental have moratoriums on the arrival of returning Negrenses, he said.
“We expect our main ports and the airport to be swarmed by returning residents,” Caelian said, adding he is confident that the operations of the provincial bio-laboratory at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City will not be “overwhelmed.”
Earlier, Diaz revealed that 600 LSIs will be arriving on Sunday via three flights from the Bacolod-Silay Airport./DGB, WDJ