161 LSIs from Manila Welcomed Home in Repat Flight to CDO

26 April 2020


LAGUINDINGAN, MISAMIS ORIENTAL- After months of being trapped in different regions of the Philippines, 161 Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) were successfully transported back to Mindanao in a joint effort by the Department of Tourism- Region 10 and Philippine Airlines. Of the LSIs that were repatriated, 48 are from Bukidnon, 40 are from Cagayan de Oro City, 28 are from Misamis Oriental, 21 are from SOCCSKARGEN, 14 are from Iligan city, 5 are from Misamis Occidental, 3 are from Caraga, and 2 are from Camiguin.

As per travel safety protocol, the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and PAL strictly imposed their requirements before allowing the passengers to purchase a ticket for the repatriation flight. These requirements are Travel Authority issued by authorized government agencies and a health certificate attesting that the passenger does not have COVID-19 and is fit to travel.

The repatriation of the LSIs was executed and closely monitored with the help of the various concerned Region 10 LGUs who kept track of their LSIs until they reached Laguindingan Airport and were transported back to their home provinces. It was also made possible with the help of the Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental, the Municipal Government of Laguindingan, the Department of Health – Region 10 (DOH 10), the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), the Department of Interior and Local Government
– Region 10 (DILG 10), the Department of Foreign Affairs – Region 10 (DFA – 10), the Office of Civil Defense – Region 10 (OCD-10), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and members of the private sector such as PAL.

“We are very happy of course that there are efforts to make sure that our LSIs get home as soon as possible. Of course, as the chairperson and head agency of the International Humanitarian Assistance and Inter-Government Relations Cluster, is brings us joy that the agencies are working together so that these people who were stranded amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in other places can now get home safely and be with their families,” DOT 10 Regional Director Marie Elaine S. Unchuan said.

As of today, Northern Mindanao has a total of 317 Inbound LSIs who are still stranded in different parts of the country. On the other hand, DOT-10 has identified 216 Outbound LSIs who are stranded in various parts of the Region.