ILIGAN CITY (PIA) — The province of Lanao del Norte is ready to receive repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFW) and returning residents.
In the May 13 episode of Laging Handa Network Briefing with Communications Secretary Martin M. Andanar, Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo said they have prepared the Mindanao Civic Center Sports Complex as an isolation center for returning OFWs and residents.
Protocols were also established to properly guide and document those who wanted to come home to their respective municipalities.
Moreover, the Incident Management Team through the Lanao del Norte – Bantay COVID19 Facebook page facilitates queries of residents and non-residents who wanted to know the process of going in or out of the province.
However, Governor Dimaporo expressed concern regarding some individuals who tried to sneak in by pretending to be employees of trucking companies while others hide inside the cargo trucks delivering essential goods and services.
She said it is slightly alarming because they are increasing and they do not have a health pass and are not recorded or reported.
According to the Governor, a lot of them come from Cagayan de Oro City, some from Davao and Lanao del Sur.
“It’s a good thing that our BHERTs are really working. Pag may dumadating ay nirereport nila agad sa RHUs (when someone arrives, they report it immediately to the RHUs),” she added.
Meanwhile, Governor Dimaporo expressed support to the sentiments of Governor Philip Tan of Misamis Occidental that coordination between national agencies handling the OFWs and the receiving local government units should be established.
As of May 13, the provincial government is expecting 61 returning OFWs (APB/PIA ICIC)