Vice President Leni Robredo is appealing to the government to better organize the movement of stranded travelers to the provinces to prevent coronavirus infections.
The appeal was made by Robredo after expressing concern over photos of the overcrowded Rizal sports complex where the government launched its hatid Tulong program this weekend.
“Are these pictures real? If they are, shame on us.
“There has to be a better, more organized way of doing this without compromising the health and safety of our people,” she said in a Facebook post.
Robredo presented six suggestions to facilitate the safe return of the stranded individuals to their hometowns.
Among the suggestions are coronavirus testing and deployment of locally stranded individuals by batches and strict enforcement of social distancing at the venue.
“Dapat naka schedule sana by province or region yung buses. Huwag pagsabay sabayin,” she said.
“If there was pre registration, alam na dapat kung anong araw lang sila dapat pumunta for their tests and trips. Again, by batches sana. Huwag sabay sabay,” she said.
She also proposed the government to establish a separate place for people who have not yet registered for the Hatid Tulong program.
“Kung may pupuntang hindi registered, designate another place for this and ensure social distancing. Huwag sana sa parehong lugar,” she said.
She suggested the travelers must be tested at their temporary housing before going to the transportation hub. She said this will help transmission of the disease at the transportation site.
“Ang sabi, dati silang housed in different facilities. Bakit hindi na dun gawin yung testing? Para sana mas organized. Pag dinala sila sa designated na lugar, para sana mag board nalang ng bus. Wala nang waiting time. Again, para ma control na yung lugar at walang maghawaan,” she said.
Robredo also urged the government to use swab testing instead of just rapid test kits for accurate results to determine if a person is infected.
“Ang sabi, irarapid test sila. We should have learned our lessons by now. Hindi siya reliable. Maraming dumating sa Bicol by PNR, allegedly, after undergoing rapid testing. Pag dating doon, they tested positive. Dapat sana swab testing na gawin para mas mataas ang accuracy. Sumulat na kami kay Secretary Galvez tungkol dito. last week pa,” she said.
She said local government units must also be alert about the arrival of travelers to their areas of jurisdiction so they can make the adequate preparations.
“Sana kabahagi ng protocols yung readiness ng LGU to take them in. Hindi puwede fyi lang. Dapat tanungin capacity nila to take in so much number of LSIs. Hindi natin puwede ipasa responsibility sa kanila kasi hindi pare pareho yung capacities ng bawa LGU,” she said.