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Stranded students to be brought to their hometowns

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MANILA – The Philippine National Police, following orders from President Rodrigo Duterte, will assist students stranded in their dormitories and boarding houses since the lockdown began last March 16,2020.

Police Lt. General Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, Joint Task Force COVID Shield commander said the PNP chief, Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa has directed police commanders to check on the number of students in need of assistance to return to their hometowns at the soonest time possible.

Considered Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs), the stranded students will be assisted in returning to their hometowns.

He added the Joint Task Force wants to know the specific number, their current location and their points of destination as well as their prevailing health conditions.

“This is to ensure that the entire processing will be expedited and the travel arrangements will be ironed out,” said General Eleazar in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.

Joint Task Force COVID Shield was tasked to assist the stranded students. The documents required are medical clearance certificate, travel authority, certificate of acceptance from the receiving Local Government Units which would be done en masse for LSIs bound for the same destination.

President Duterte promised to provide transportation and allowance of the stranded students.

“We also appeal to the barangay officials to take the lead in assisting our stranded students by coordinating with the local police commanders who also serve as the commanders of the local COVID Shield Units,” General Eleazar added. (Melo M. Acuña)

Police Lt. General Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar (in fatigue uniform). (JTF COVID Shield File Photo)

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