BACOLOD CITY – The Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) in Western Visayas has approved the suspension of the entry of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) in two cities in Negros Occidental.
Based on Resolution No. 50 issued on October 22, a seven-day moratorium was granted to Victorias City from October 23 to 30, while a 14-day moratorium was approved for San Carlos City from October 23 to November 6 that puts on-hold the entry of LSIs in these cities.
The resolution was approved by WVRIATF COVID-19 Chairperson Juan Jovian Ingeniero, officer-in-charge regional director of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) VI, and attested to by Dr. Marlyn Convocar, regional director of Department of Health (DOH)-VI.
This was the response of the RIATF to the letters of request of the city governments of Victorias and San Carlos.
The city government of Victorias earlier sent a letter to the RIATF and the Regional Task Force (RTF), requesting for a seven-day moratorium on the travel of returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) and LSIs in the city to decongest, disinfect, and prepare quarantine facilities.
For San Carlos City, they stressed that they were tightening their health and safety measures due to the surging number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the city, citing 179 positive cases, with local transmission, as of October 22.
LSIs trip were allowed into Bacolod City anew last week after the city shifted back to general community quarantine (GCQ) from modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), while Negros Occidental province already resumed the entry of LSIs since last month.
As of October 22, the province has posted 4,237 COVID cases, including 1,169 active cases, 2,965 recoveries, and 103 deaths.