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PAL flies 90 LSIs to their home province of Antique

Locally Stranded Individuals otherwise known as LSIs are those who are stranded in either Manila or Cebu airports and cannot return to their home provinces. Just recently, 90 LSIs were able to return to the province of Antique via Philippine Airlines (PAL).

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According the government owned media Philippine News Agency, provincial information officer Junlee Saylo said the PAL aircraft arrived at 9:15 a.m. from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City, carrying 86 adults and four infants.

He said the 89 passengers are Antiqueños while one is from Passi City in Iloilo. He was picked up at the airport by the vehicle provided by the city government.

"As for the outbound passengers, there were 85 passengers," Saylo said in an interview.

Antique flight resumption

The Evelio Javier Airport in Antique was one of those airports which somehow had flip flopping decisions whether they were to accept flights or not. PAL operations in Antique were suspended last March 16 as a result of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Source: PNA

Operations resumed on June 28 but was suspended again on June 29. The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) lifted the travel ban for LSIs to Western Visayas effective July 15 which allowed the LSIs to return back.

The Antique Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management installed a triage area right at the airport so to ensure that the passengers would undergo the necessary health protocol upon arrival.

All arriving LSIs will be undergoing a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

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