‘Sagip Palaweno’ to help stranded persons get home

Published May 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Aira Genesa Magdayao

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – The provincial government said it will be extending financial assistance to all Palawenos, who have been stranded because of the restrictions on travel of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). They were also assured that they will be assisted in travelling back to the province.

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This was disclosed by Executive Assistant Ceasar Sammy Magbanua, who said during an online press briefing Tuesday that the provincial government has developed a system that will provide cash assistance, and facilitate the repatriation of Palawenos stranded in other parts of the country.

“For those na wala na talagang financial means to support themselves ay padadalhan sila ng provincial government. Kapag okay na lahat ng documents nila ay ipapadala na sa kanila ang financial assistance through Palawan Pawnshop or other means,” Magbanua said.

He said the provincial government had enough funds to extend financial assistance to the stranded Palawenos.

“For those granted financial assistance ay magsu-submit sila ng mga documents kasi kailangan din natin ‘yan ma-liquidate sa susunod,” he added.

Magbanua said they were in the middle of preparing a master list of stranded residents from in and out of the province under the project they have dubbed “Sagip Palaweño”.

“Nasa coordination pa lang tayo, ginagawa ang masterlist ng mga kababayan natin na uuwi,” he said.

Magbanua said they have put up a 12-hour call center, which will cater to residents who are stranded outside the province, and those in the province needing help to return to their hometowns.

“Basically, ang call center natin ay dedicated for strandees outside Palawan. Then mayron din tayong sinet-up para doon sa mga stranded sa iba’t-ibang munisipyo. Over the weekend kasi ay sunod-sunod ang instruction si Gob doon sa mga stranded natin na mga kababayan sa Maynila at sa iba pang panig ng bansa,” he said.

He said that the call center will have a 12-hour operation from Monday to Sunday.

The hotline numbers of Sagip Palaweño are: 0935-515-7055; 0935-515-7056; 0935-515-7058; 0935-515-7060; 0935-515-7077; 0951-982-8753; 0946-567-7342; 0946-567-7108; 0951-982-8754; and 0951-982-8755.

He said two teams were already assigned to the program.

“Parang call center ang labas nya na may taong nagma-man doon, nakalink ito sa isang computer at may ginagamit na software na kung saan ang nakakausap ay nae-encode ang mga detalye,” Magbanua said.

Magbanua said that the Puerto Princesa City government has also provided a hotline for residents of the city.

“Kung may tatawag na from city ay may binigay naman silang contact para doon i-refer kapag tumawag sa atin. May mga dedicated hotlines po tayo, please get in touch. Pasensya na rin kung minsan ay hindi nakakasagot dahil na rin ng sa bilang ng apektado itong COVID-19,” he said.

Provincial Information Officer Winston Arzaga said that they were ready to schedule the sweeper flights to Palawan.

“Naghihintay lang tayo ng go signal kung kailan magre-resume ang flights sa Palawan. Kapag mayron na ay doon na tayo makakaorganize ng mga sweeper flights,” he said.

“Ang pagpayag nila sa pagpauwi ng mga kababayan ay subject to condition, unang-una dapat may bukas na airport and until such time na hindi pa bukas ‘yan ay hindi pa rin siguro magkakaroon ng sweeper flights. But, ang kagandahan with that statement ni Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque ay pwede magrequest ang isang LGU ng sweeper flights, at ang maganda ay natrace na natin kung sino ang mga sasakay doon,” Arzaga added.

 
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