ILOILO CITY – After a harrowing stint at the jampacked Rizal Memorial Stadium, locally stranded individuals (LSIs) have started arriving in various parts of Western Visayas.
“After all the challenges and sacrifices, we’re finally here” James Roy Dusaban told Manila Bulletin.
The 20-year-old and his 27-year-old sister Vina Marie from Dumangas town, Iloilo province were among the 983 LSIs who arrived Tuesday, July 28, in ports of Iloilo City and Bacolod City.
They were among the first to leave Rizal Stadium, where they were taken last July 24 to undergo rapid test for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), following the initial cancellation of their trip to the provinces.
Based on the data of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD-6), the province of Negros Occidental had the most number of LSIs that arrived with 382, followed by Iloilo province with 304.
There were also 78 LSIs from Capiz province, 71 from Antique province, 64 from Bacolod City, 58 from Iloilo City, 14 from Aklan province, and 12 from Guimaras province.
Meanwhile, the LSIs will still undergo mandatory quarantine, and will undergo swab tests for confirmation.