By Glazyl Masculino
BACOLOD CITY – Twenty-three persons repatriated from Iloilo arrived at the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. (Bredco) port here on Tuesday.
Of this group, 15 were from Negros Occidental, while eight were from Bacolod City, who were students from the University of the Philippines-Visayas in Miagao in Iloilo province; and a doctor, who works at the Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital here.
Councilor Cindy Rojas, chairperson of the Action Team on Non-overseas Filipino worker (OFW), said the students were not able to go home because the city was already under the general community quarantine when their classes ended.
“They have stayed in their campus dormitories in Miagao for about six weeks,” she added.
Upon their arrival here, they were taken by a Philippine Coast Guard bus to their respective quarantine centers.
Rojas said that Bacolod students were brought to the Medalla Integrated School here, while those from the province were taken to the Mambukal Mountain Resort in Murcia town, for their mandatory 14-day quarantine. A swab test will be conducted on the returning Bacolodnon students, the councilor added.
Rojas also said that the doctor, who is a returning resident here, was brought to the South Hills Academy, which was designated as a quarantine center for health workers.
Meanwhile, the city government is also working on the possible repatriation of 25 Bacolodnons from Palawan, and about 120 others stranded in Boracay, Cebu, and Manila, Rojas said.
She, however, said that they will give priority to the Bacolodnons in Manila, who were mostly college students.
“We will look for ways for them to come home, either by charter flight or will request a vessel ship to transport them straight from Manila to Bacolod. We are trying to work it out this week,” she said.