The still inadequate number of quarantine facilities in Catanduanes has prompted the Provincial Interagency Task Force (IATF) to file two resolutions that are expected to establish more facilities and provide better and safer repatriation to over 5,000 returning Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) and Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs).
Signed on Monday, July 20, the provincial government has requested the Regional Office of the Department of Education (DepEd) to extend the utilization of school infrastructures as makeshift quarantine facilities.
The said request is in connection to the Department’s announcement disallowing the usage of school campuses as quarantine facilities for returning islanders starting July 31 to give time for school personnel to prepare modules and learning materials for the opening of classes on August 24.
Prior to the signing of the resolution, Uldarico Razal, Provincial Director of the Department of the Local and Interior Government said an extension of the use of selected schools could be possible since there will be no face to face classes this academic year.
Furthermore, quarantine facilities from local government units alone will not suffice the number of LSIs and ROFs that are expected to return, which has also urged the government to file the resolution.
Meanwhile, chief executives of all municipalities were also requested to establish additional quarantine facilities in their respective jurisdictions as existing facilities are still not enough to accommodate returning LSIs and ROFs.
The resolution seeks to prepare municipalities for the influx of returnees once the Balik-Happy Island Program regularize its travel schedules.
Moreover, the resolution was also filed as an alternative solution to amend facilities in case the extension request from DepEd to use school campuses will not be approved.