Davao Oriental launches ‘Oplan Sundo’

Published May 5, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Warren Elijah Valdez

DAVAO CITY – The provincial government of Davao Oriental has reminded its constituents currently stranded in Davao City that not all of those who have declared their intent to go home will be able to avail of the “Oplan Sundo” program.

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In a statement released on Monday, it said that the Oplan Sundo will give priority to those individuals, who were really in need to go home like students, persons who are in dire straits like those who have lost their jobs, and repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

It noted that requests to be brought home to Davao Oriental have to go through a “filter system.”

“We assure you that your reports and messages have been duly received and read by our operators. However, with the numerous submission, we cannot answer them one by one…And because we did not expect the large number of individuals wanting to go home, we can only accommodate only those who are stranded in Davao City included in our priority groups,” the provincial government said.

The provincial government said that even with the quarantine centers prepared in the respective local government units in the province, there was still a very limited number of facilities “compared to the number of individuals wanting to go home.”

“[W]e have to undergo certain measures that follow a process in such a way that we will not compromise our efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). What we are doing is for the welfare of everybody,” the provincial government said.

Following the arrival of 66 individuals as the first batch to have been picked-up by the Oplan Sundo last Friday, May 1, around 75 individuals, corresponding to the second batch, were expected to arrive last Monday, May 4 which included students, displaced workers, and OFWs.

Four buses from the province were deployed to pick-up the individuals who have been stranded in Davao City since the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

 
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