Mayor Salvador Escalante, Jr of Cadiz City has requested the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force to suspend acceptance of Locally Stranded Individuals and returning overseas workers from November 2-6.
In his letter to IATF regional director Juan Ingeniero, Escalante cited the congestion and non-availability of space in its quarantine facility at Brgy. Tinampa-an due to the immense influx of returning LSIs.
Aside from this, the mayor also took note of the rising number of COVID-19 positive cases, which impacts the space availability in its quarantine facilities. As of October 19, 2020, there are one hundred (183) confirmed cases in the City of Cadiz.
It is the protocol of the city that returning LSIs with pending results of their RT-PCR tests are subjected to mandatory quarantine. Upon arrival, they are transported to the St Andrews Place Park for orientation and swab tests.
The 5-day moratorium if approved will give ample time to the LGU to decongest, disinfect and prepare the quarantine facilities for the new batch of LSIs, the mayor said.