By Charissa Luci-Atienza
Over 700 Antiqueños who were stranded in Luzon due to the coronavirus lockdown have been repatriated to their home province.
This was disclosed by Deputy Speaker and Antique lone district Rep. Loren Legarda who said that the transport of the 722 locally stranded individuals (LSIs) was made possible through the Libre Uli Antique program which she initiated along with Governor Rhodora Cadiao.
“A total of 722 LSIs have been repatriated thanks to the Libre Uli Antique Program,” Legarda said.
She added the first batch comprised of 174 LSIs, 182 LSIs for the second batch, 175 for the third batch, and 191 LSIs for the latest batch.
The LSIs are composed of students, displaced workers, and construction workers.
It was Legarda’s Office that facilitated the transport of Antiqueños from the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) to Batangas Port via Jasper Jean Bus.
From the port, the LSIs were transported to Culasi Port via FastCat vessel.
The program, which was launched last June 7, aims to repatriate Antiqueños who are stranded in Luzon as a result of the imposed enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to COVID-19.
“In these trying times, we will make sure that Antiqueños who have been stranded will finally be able to come home, safe and sound to their families,” Legarda said.