The northern Iloilo town of Concepcion is providing cash and rice assistance to repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and returning locally stranded individuals (LSIs) after completing quarantine.
Concepcion Mayor Raul Banias said around 30 OFWs and LSIs have each received PHP2,000 and a sack of rice after they complied with the 14-day quarantine amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
“We are considering their situation that they have been quarantined,” Banias said on Saturday.
The local government of Concepcion is using the unoccupied units by the National Housing Authority (NHA) as quarantine facilities.
Banias said the quarantine facilities are occupied with 61 OFWs and LSIs.
He said the town’s quarantine facilities were “overwhelmed” with the arrivals of persons who need to be isolated.
“As of yesterday (Friday), we added 18 to our current 43, so now we have 61 (individuals under quarantine). As far as my town is concerned, we are full and we already advised the governor that we will not accept LSIs for the meantime,” he said.
A total of 50 units at the NHA were prepared to house the individuals.
To accommodate all the 61, Banias said they allowed two persons, who are about to end their quarantine, to share a unit.
“More than 100 houses are unoccupied but it takes two to three days to prepare and install its doors, water, electricity, and among others,” he said.
The Department of Health has recently deployed three nurses to augment the manpower of Concepcion in monitoring the OFWs and LSIs.
Banias said Concepcion, along with the 10 towns in northern Iloilo, is free from the virus. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency