Returning Ilonggos must follow quarantine protocols—mayor

By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY—If locally stranded individuals (LSIs) want to go home to this city, they should follow quarantine procedures.

“If they will not follow, then we won’t be allowing any more flights,” warned Mayor Jerry Treñas.

This, after reports reached Treñas that some of the LSIs, who have returned here, refused to subject themselves to quarantine protocols, including undergoing swab test for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

But Treñas reiterated the quarantine protocols were meant to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“We are just protecting our residents. They need to understand that,” Treñas said.

Under the guidelines, LSIs must coordinate with their local governments prior to going home, and that they must sign a document indicating that they agree to follow protocols.

But the city government admitted that there could be LSIs, who may not wish coordinate with them, and just go straight home, especially that border restrictions have been eased with Iloilo City now under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

As of June 1, Iloilo City has 19 positive cases of COVID-19. It ranks second with the most number of cases in Western Visayas region.