BACOLOD CITY – Nine more local government units (LGUs) in Negros Occidental were allowed to impose a moratorium on the arrival of locally stranded individuals (LSIs).
The Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) – Western Visayas approved the request of the LGUs of Pontevedra, La Castellana, Moises Padilla, Valladolid, Sipalay, Murcia, Candoni, Hinoba-an, and Talisay to suspend the return of LSIs for the holidays.
The municipal governments of Pontevedra and La Castellana will suspend LSI arrival in their localities from December 22, 2020 to January 5, 2021.
Both LGUs cited that they have to give sufficient time for the preparation of their quarantine facilities before accommodating the new batch of incoming LSIs.
The RIATF also approved the moratorium in Moises Padilla from December 21, 2020 to January 2,2021; Valladolid from December 24, 2020 to January 1, 2021; Sipalay City from December 20, 2020 to January 2, 2021; Murcia from December 16, 2020 to January 4, 2021; Candoni from December 17-31, 2020; Hinoba-an from December 16-22, 2020; and Talisay City from December 20,2020 to January 2,2021.
These LGUs were among the 16 LGUs in the province, including Bacolod City, that will be implementing similar suspensions.
Other LGUs include the towns of Ilog, Calatrava, and Cauayan, and the cities of La Carlota, Himamaylan, and Victorias.
The province also earlier announced that it will temporarily suspend the repatriation of LSIs on December 24, 25, and 31, 2020 and January 1, 2021.