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NoCot welcomes more returning residents

July 29, 2020 - Wednesday 6:07 PM by PNA

Article Banner Image WELCOME HOME. Members of North Cotabato Task Force Sagip (in white cover-all) welcome returning residents who arrived Tuesday (July 28, 2020) in Kidapawan City following a three-day land trip from Metro Manila. North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco has assured locally stranded individuals (inset) that the government is taking care of them. (Photo courtesy of North Cotabato PIO)

COTABATO CITY – The provincial government of North Cotabato welcomed 129 returning locally stranded individuals (LSIs) as they arrived at the North Cotabato provincial capitol compound in Kidapawan City on Tuesday.

“They are most welcome here, they are our ‘kababayans’ (province-mates), it was just unfortunate that they were at the wrong place at the wrong time so they were stranded,” North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco said as she welcomed the 129 province-mates from a total of 237 “rescued” individuals on board 12 Partas buses.

She said of the 237 who arrived last night, 129 are heading to North Cotabato towns while the rest are on their way to Cotabato City and Maguindanao.

Their arrival culminated the three-day journey from Manila to Kidapawan City, through the Hatid Tulong program of the national government and the “Task Force (TF) Sagip Stranded North Cotabateños.”

After undergoing the necessary health protocols, the North Cotabato LSIs were fetched by vehicles of their respective local government units in the province.

The LSIs from Maguindanao and Cotabato City were coordinated with their LGUs and sent off by TF Sagip teams to their places of origin.

Engr. Mike Mineses, head of the provincial inter-agency task force for coronavirus disease 2019, said all the returning LSIs were subjected to decontamination process and other health protocols.

Despite the grueling three days and three nights of non-stop travel, the LSIs were excited to be with their loved ones.

“However, they have to wait for another 14 days in various isolation centers in their hometown before they can be reunited with their families,” Catamco said.

Since late May, more than 4,000 LSIs have been “rescued” by the provincial government.  Edwin Fernandez