JTF CV Shield to track, transport students stranded by ECQ

MANILA – The Joint Task Force Corona Virus Shield (JTF CV Shield) on Thursday said it is now coordinating with local police commanders to determine the number of students stranded in their dormitories and boarding houses following the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in wake of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak.

In a statement, JTF CV Shield commander, Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, said this in line with President Rodrigo R. Duterte's "Hatid Estudyante Program".

He said there is a need to come up with data relating to the number of these stranded students also known as "locally stranded individuals" (LSI), the areas where they were stranded, their points of destination and their health condition before they are transported or allowed to go back to their hometowns.

“This is to ensure that the entire processing will be expedited and the travel arrangements will be ironed out,” he said.

The JTF CV Shield is in charge of the processing of the travel documents of the LSIs who want to go back to their hometowns.

“Our Chief PNP (Gen. Archie Gamboa) himself, being a family man, is concerned (about) the stress that both the students and their family, especially the parents, are going into amid the threat of the Covid-19,” he added.

Once sufficient data is gathered, Eleazar said travel arrangements which include medical clearance certificate, travel authority, certificate of acceptance from the receiving local government units, could be done in for LSIs with the same points of destination.

Duterte earlier vowed to provide the transportation and allowance of the students on their way back to their hometowns.

Eleazar said he expects police commanders to initiate the data gathering procedure down to the barangay level for the welfare of the LSIs. (with reports from Priam Nepomuceno/PNA)

News Feed:

Latest News | Philippine News Agency