PRESS RELEASE: Exec, Kaps rescue North, South Cot stranded workers
Malungon, Sarangani Province – 78 migrant workers from three separate sugarcane plantations in the provinces of South and North Cotabato were able to come home through a series of rescue operations that was launched by the Mayor Tessa D. Constantino-led administration in two weeks time.
After two successive rescue operations, Constantino sent off another set of 4-vehicle convoy to bring home 20 individuals from Brgy. Nueva Vida, Mlang, North Cotabato on Thursday.
Headed by ABC president Romel Retuya, San Miguel Brgy. Capt. Edwin Aballe, and Kinabalan Brgy. Capt. Eusebio Moral, the rescuers team found the LSIs, all of Brgy Kinabalan, as they wait alongside a concreted division road of the adjacently-located corn plantations.
Unlike the two earlier rescue operations wherein repatriated migrant workers claimed to have been closely assisted by barangay officials and their respective foremen in terms of processing their health clearances and the provision of relief goods, the rescuers team (this time) found a scattered group of individuals and their youngs while taking shade under the growing trees and corn fields to hide themselves under the heat of the sun.
Retuya said the groups of migrant workers were among those who have not able to come home and cross the boundary line during the tightened regional lockdown implementation that was imposed by the government in its noble desire to forestall the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic in all of the comprising towns, cities and provinces in Central Mindanao Region.
“Aside from assisting and taking good care of those returning OFWs and other stranded individuals, Mayor Constantino has also ordered the ABC to assist all groups that were detected to be for a long time, stranded in the neighboring provinces to insure their safety back home,” stated the ABC president, who also assured the extending of proper health protocols to each of the rescued individuals upon their arrival here in town.
As a component of the “Balik Probinsiya” program, Constantino has obliged every homecoming person to undergo a 14-day compulsory quarantine period in all of the municipal-based LGU and barangay isolation rooms to make sure that they are not infected or does not bear any symptom of the dreaded corona virus disease. This is to maintain Malungon’s safety and prestige of having a still ‘zero’ reported coronavirus positive case, despite of being a major entrance point in this part of Region-12.
Brgy Capt Moral of Kinabalan also gave utmost gratitude for the swift and outright support of the local government unit to his people that shows a coherent presentation of an admirable leadership and a sympathetic kind of governance.
It can be recalled that the local government unit first lodge its rescue operations on the last day of May and early of this month of June, wherein rescuers, headed by ABC members themselves, manage to bring home 32 stranded workers from outside the connecting borderlines of General Santos City, South Cotabato and Sarangani Province. This was followed on the 10th day of June, wherein, as participated by five rescue vehicles coming from Barangays Upper Mainit, Kinabalan, JP Laurel and San Miguel, the later thrust successfully brought back another set of 26 locally stranded individuals and migrant workers from Tacurong City in Sultan Kudarat Province. (By isagani P. Palma (MIO editor-in-chief/MALUNGON INFORMATION OFFICE)