By Helen Castaño | 10:42 PM November 13, 2020
Two days after the city government of Tagbilaran announced that it will temporarily stop accepting locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and authorized persons outside residence (APORs), Mayor John Geesnell “Baba” Yap clarified that “it was not an official announcement”.
In a text message to Bohol Island News (BIN), Mayor Yap said they have already taken down the said post.
However, as of this writing, only the Tagbilaran City Radio Program has removed it while the post from the Tagbilaran City DRRM Office still remains.
“Gi-call na ang attention and gi delete na. Gi post napod nako karon, (We have called their attention and it has now been deleted. I have also posted [an update] today),” he added.
Tagbilaranons expressed their mixed views on the announcement which was earlier posted last Nov. 11.
The now deleted posts contains the announcement that the city will temporarily stop accepting LSIs and APORs beginning December 8, 2020 until January 4, 2021.
The announcement cited that they have agreed to do this “to avoid the scenario of spending Christmas and/or new year inside the quarantine facility”.
Mayor Yap, in a post on his official Facebook page today, Nov. 13, clarified that they “will be accepting them non stop even during Christmas break.”
“But they are apprised to schedule their travels properly if they want to be out of the quarantine facility before Christmas,” he added.
Yap also said he is considering to add more quarantine facilities to accomodate the returning Tagbilaranons.
“Maningkamot ta para maka dugang ta ug free quarantine facility sa buwan sa december para mas daghan pa maka avail pero mag inform pod mi daan nga basin naa pa jud ghapon dli makaya tungod sa ka daghan,” he said.
Meanwhile, Yap also clarified that the city “not part of the travel bubble”.
“Explain pod nato balik nga ang Tagbilaran city dli part sa travel bubble so walay turista nga makanaog diri. Klarohon nato nga once mu ari ang tourist, naa na silay fixed nga itinerary ug tour package subject sa guidelines para sa mga tourists. Wala na gapasabot nga gi paboran ang tourista kaysa sa mga residente,” Yap said.
“Di pod nato pwede wad-on ang quarantine para sa mga lsi, apor ug ofw diri sa tagbilaran kay importante ni nga safeguard nga naka tabang nato ug control sa number of covid cases,” he added.
As of Friday, November 13, there are 3,443 Tagbilaranons who returned home. A total of 1,739 were LSIs, 1,156 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and 548 APORs.