February 9, 2023

Five locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from Ifugao have finally reached their respective municipalities and now under the 14-day mandatory quarantine as part of the health measures for the safety of the community.
Jazzril Mae Bay-yong of Alfonso Lista and Jerry Go-nod, Brayden Jhaze Go-nod, Marshal Dunuan and Mary Talango, all from Banaue, are among the beneficiaries in the region of the Hatid Tulong program.
“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa Diyos at sa gobyerno dahil napakahalaga nitong Hatid Tulong program sa amin na stranded. Salamat rin sa libreng pagkuha ng requirements hanggang kami’y makarating sa quarantine facility ng aming bayan na ligtas,” Dunuan said.
Gonod said they were assisted properly while undergoing the health protocols and were even given food packs, adding they waited some hours to ride in the bus because of the influx of people in the pick-up area at the Rizal Memorial Complex in Manila.
Aboard a Partas bus along with other LSIs in the region, the four from Banaue were dropped off at the Lagawe public plaza and were welcomed by Provincial Disaster and Management Officer Kenneth Pugong. They were then ferried by the Lagawe Municipal Police Station patrol car to the border of Banaue for health management.
The LSI from Alfonso Lista was dropped off at Ramon, Isabela and was fetched by the local government unit.
Dunuan said he learned about the Hatid Tulong program from a post of the municipal government of Banaue, and was lucky to be one of the beneficiaries.
Alfonso Lista Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Lolina Tuguinay-Garcia said the program is great help to LSIs and LGUs because it saves resources and speed up the process in bringing home stranded residents. – Marcelo B. Lihgawon