490 LSIs return to Caraga region

By Mike Crismundo

BUTUAN CITY – Another batch of 490 locally stranded individuals (LSIs) returned home in various places in Caraga region over the weekend, through the government’s “Balik-Probinsya” program.


The LSIs, 13 of them coming from Manila, arrived at 6:40 p.m. on Saturday at the Nasipit International Seaport (NIS), Nasipit town, Agusan del Norte province.

They were immediately given strict screening health protocols by the local government units and other concerned agencies when they arrived on Saturday at the NIS.

They were fetched by their respective local government units (LGUs) at the province's pick-up points, in close coordination with the city and provincial Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) after which they underwent health screening protocols, such as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) test and mandatory 14-day facility-based quarantine.

Upon arrival in their respective places in the region, they also underwent health risk assessment, thermal scanning, and checking of documents conducted by the health professionals in their places of origin.

They were ferried to their respective homes and were advised to strictly observe 14-day home quarantine period as added precautionary health measure closely monitored by the health workers and barangay officials.

The “Balik-Probinsiya” program is still accepting applications subject to the availability of the city's quarantine facilities, it was learned.