RIATF grants suspension of LSI trips in 3 more Negros areas

Published November 3, 2020, 12:36 PM

by Glazyl Masculino

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 three local government units (LGUs) in Negros Occidental.

Based on Resolution No. 56, the RIATF granted the moratorium in Cadiz City from November 2 to 6, Manapla town from November 5 to 18, and Binalbagan town from November 2 to 16.

The resolution stated that the city government of Cadiz wrote a letter to the RIATF, informing it of the congestion and non-availability of their quarantine facility located in Barangay Tinampa-an due to the huge influx of returning LSIs.

This was the reason why it requested for a five-day moratorium on the entry of LSIs in the LGU from November 2 to 6 so that quarantine facilities could be decongested, disinfected, and prepared for the next batch of incoming LSIs.

For  Manapla, the municipal government also wrote a letter to the RIATF, requesting for the approval of the 14-day moratorium for the acceptance of LSIs to sustain the efforts of the LGU in containing the spread of the virus.

The same letter was also sent by the Binalbagan LGU to the RIATF, requesting for a 15-day moratorium on LSI entry.

The RIATF stated in the resolution that after the moratorium period, the suspension on the arrival of LSIs will be deemed lifted in these areas.

The resolution was approved by the Western Visayas RIATF COVID-19 chairperson Juan Jovian Ingeniero, officer-in-charge regional director of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-VI, and attested to by Dr. Marlyn Convocar, regional director of Department of Health (DOH)-VI.

Earlier, the LGUs of Victorias and San Carlos also requested for the suspension of LSIs last month. 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.