SOME 350 to 400 people bound for the Visayas and Mindanao who were stranded in Metro Manila and nearby provinces during the suspension of public transport and the community lockdowns are set to be transported back to their provinces today, Thursday.
“Hatid Tulong” program lead convener and Presidential Management Staff Assistant Secretary Joseph Encabo, during a briefing, said the locally stranded individuals (LSIs), who mostly came from Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon, are bound for Eastern Visayas, Davao, Zamboanga Peninsula, and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
He said apart from transportation, the LSIs leaving today would receive additional aid before their departure coming from the Office of the President, the Office of Sen.
Christopher “Bong” Go, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Food packs are usually given to LSIs along with a P2,000 cash aid to individuals and P3,000 to those who are leaving with children.
Encabo said the government looks to conclude the Hatid Tulong program and sending off the last batch of LSIs by October 19.