February 2, 2023

With more locally stranded individuals (LSI) and overseas Filipino workers coming back in Benguet, the local government unit of La Trinidad is asking these individuals to honestly declare their permanent addresses.
During the meeting of Municipal Inter Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Mayor Romeo Salda said there have been incidents where LSIs or OFWs from other municipalities declare their temporary address in La Trinidad, or while undergoing through triage would use the address of their relatives residing in the municipality.
He said LSIs and OFWs should declare their permanent addresses so that their respective LGUs will cater to them during their quarantine. “All 13 towns should be working together, not rely on one municipality,” Salda said.
He said he would be bringing this up in the next provincial IATF meeting. 
Municipal Health Officer Genevieve Degay said they have been suggesting for LSIs and OFWs to declare their permanent place of residence since the quarantine facility of the province in Wangal cannot accommodate all LSIs and returning OFWs. 
The quarantine facilities of La Trinidad include the Bektey Elementary School, Puguis ES, and the coffee processing center, all in Barangay Puguis.
Salda said they are also preparing other facilities to cater to suspected cases and those who are waiting for their swab results.
Degay said it is important for returning residents, especially OFWs, to strictly undergo quarantine so as not to infect their families. 
She cited one of the cases in La Trinidad, where an OFW, his wife, and their child tested positive of the Covid-19. The OFW did not complete the 14-day quarantine and after undergoing triage, was sent home to his family. The family members are now in stable condition.
Earlier, the provincial IATF asked the national IATF to strictly impose the 14-day quarantine for returning OFWs before sending them home to their respective residences. 
The province has catered to a total of 331 returning OFWs and 433 LSI as of July 6. – Ofelia C. Empian