No more home quarantine, rapid tests for returning residents from Iloilo


Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas would no longer allow home quarantine for all returning locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from other provinces and cities.

Treñas also ordered to stop the use of rapid antibody test kits in screening these LSIs for coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

It’s difficult to ensure that these LSIs will stay inside their homes for the duration of the quarantine, he admitted. (

The city mayor cited several reports that some LSIs were defying health authorities’ advice to observe the mandatory 14-day home-quarantine.

Arriving LSIs, starting today, June 25, would now be housed in quarantine facilities.

“They would be isolated either in a hotel or local government facility,” said Treñas.

On Wednesday, local authorities ordered the lockdown of at least 20 houses at Barangay Camalig’s Zone 5 in Jaro district after an LSI who recently returned there tested positive for the virus.

While under home quarantine, the LSI – who is now Western Visayas Patient No. 174 – reportedly had a drinking session together with his relatives and neighbors prior to the release of his real time-polymerase reaction (RT-PCR) tests.

Barangay Camalig was placed under lockdown Sunday and will last until the RT-PCR test results of the LSI’s close contacts will be released.

Last June 11, Treñas issued Memorandum Order No. 159 enforcing strict implementation of the 14-day home quarantine of all LSIs and overseas Filipino workers who will arrive in Iloilo City beginning on June 16 onwards until a vaccine to eradicate Covid-19 is readily available to the general public.