LSIs left in Pasay City down to 217

Published July 6, 2020, 7:18 PM

by Jean Fernando

 From 257 local stranded individuals (LSIs) accommodated by the Pasay City government last Sunday at Villamor Airbase Elementary School (VABES), there are now only 217 in Pasay City as of  Monday (July 6), after the national government and their destination local government units (LGUs) helped transport 40 of them.

 Sixteen from the initial number bound for for General Santos City, Davao, and Palawan and waiting for their flight confirmations were scheduled to travel on Monday, while 24 Luzon-based LSIs were fetched by their destination LGUs: one by Batangas, three by Bulacan, one by Antipolo, two by Calamba, eight by Cavite, six by Parañaque, and two by Las Piñas.

 “The Pasay City government and the concerned national government agencies, particularly the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), continue to assist these LSIs in their eventual travel to their home provinces and accommodate them as they await their travel confirmation,” Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano said.

 In the first two weeks of June, the LSIs taken in from the vicinity of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and given temporary shelter by the Pasay City government at VABES and Philippine State College of Aeronautics  (PHILSCA) reached a total of 771.

 Their transport  to their home provinces, including Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Butuan, General Santos City, Iloilo, Bacolod, Cebu, Dumaguete, Tagbilaran, and Cotabato, was completed on June 17, leaving no LSIs at those two school facilities.

 However, after that period, other individuals became stranded because their flights were canceled.