Isolation required for LSIs arriving in Cebu City


Locally stranded individuals (LSI) returning to Cebu City will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day isolation and will be monitored strictly, according to Councilor Joel Garganera.

Garganera, deputy chief of operations in Cebu of the Inter-Agency Task Force, said the alarming rise in the number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in Metro Manila should not be taken for granted.

Cebu City has just transitioned back to the general community quarantine classification last August 1.

In Siquijor, after months of not having a single case, the island recorded its first two Covid-19 cases over the weekend with Governor Zaldy Villa announcing that the two came from Manila. (

“We regret to inform you that Covid-19 individuals have entered our province despite our stringent observance of health protocols. One of them is from Lazi while the other is from Larena. They came from Manila. We would want to make it clear that we do not have local transmission in the province,” Villa said in an official statement yesterday.

As far as Cebu City is concerned, Garganera said the LSIs will not have to undergo rapid or swab testing upon arrival as long as they have secured the necessary requirements before heading home.

Even if they did not test positive for Covid-19, the councilor explained that a negative result is not a guarantee because a person can always be infected after the test is done, thus, the importance of isolating for 14 days.

Before they can return to the city, the LSIs need to secure a certificate of acceptance from the barangay they are residing in, just like what other LGUs are also requiring for their returning LSIs.

Once a request for a certificate is made, the barangay captain concerned will have to check the residence of the LSI to make sure that there is a separate room for the LSI to stay at, with a restroom, and that the LSI will not be living with anyone pregnant or with comorbidities.

If the house does not meet these requirements, the LSI will have to stay somewhere else like a pension house or a hotel, which the LSI will have to pay for.