By Mike Crismundo
HINATUAN, Surigao del Sur – The local government unit (LGU) of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur province has opened a quarantine facility for the Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) and Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs) at the municipal gymnasium here.
The LSIs and ROFs were assisted back home since the LGU rolled out its ‘Balik Hinatuan” Program, which is aligned with the national government’s “Balik Probinsya Program” (BPP) of President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Bong Go.
Mayor Shem G. Garay said the opening of the 87-room new quarantine facility is necessary to ensure that all returning Hinatuanons will undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine before they can go back to their homes. It is also to ensure the welfare and safety of the residents.
“This facility is also vital for our returning co-Hinatuanons,” Garay said.
Hinatuan remains coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-free.
Agusan del Sur Gov. Santiago Cane, Jr.said Agusanons “unite, cope, and survive” the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his first State of the Province Address (SOPA) on Wednesday, Gov. Cane encouraged all Agusanons to continue to obey the health protocols and preventive measures imposed by the provincial government to ensure that they are protected from the spread of the dreaded virus.
He announced that the provincial government has already provided food and non-food aid to 13 towns and one city in this time of health crisis while more than 5,000 tanods also received P1,500 each during this pandemic.
Gov. Cane believes that the best antidote to counteract the effects of this virus is unity. “Unity means that people and the government should work hand in hand to put an end to this menace.”