After almost two months of locally stranded individuals’ prolonged cry for help to return home, Libreng Sakay programs and schemes of Oriental and Occidental Mindoro are now on the roll in an effort to reunite them with their families.
At the start of quarantine in mid-March, everyone can hear people miles away sobbing on their tear-soaked pillows. With public and mass transportation suspended coupled with work stoppage, probinsyanos have ran out of penny earlier before quarantine status changed from one after another. And Libreng Sakay is what they have been praying for.
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Leading to days ending the month May, hope began to float. News of batches of probinsyanos being able to return home hugged the Mindoro Island social media time lines. And the more they see it, the louder the clamor has become.
Until finally, one by one, Libreng Sakay domino pieces started coming into place.
Let’s take a walk back weeks ago and see how things have been. This is just a rough presentation of photos over time up to where we are today.
Definitely we cannot put everything in here. So we’re just presenting events that may have served as spark plug in turning the wheels for LSIs.
May 15, 2020 | PGO Occidental Mindoro published contact numbers for LSIs.
May 20, 2020 | Oriental Mindoro published a video showing Gov. Bonz Dolor at the Port to meet the returning LSIs.
May 21, 2020 | TV Patrol Southern Tagalog published a video featuring stranded individuals at Batangas City Mabini Plaza who were refused to go on board vessels bound for Abra De Ilog Port at Batangas City Port due to absence of required documents.
May 22, 2020 | LGU hotlines were published.
May 22, 2020 | Vice Gov. Peter Alfaro publicly launched a Help Desk for LSIs
May 23, 2020 | Mamburao MDRRMO fetched LSIs at Abra de Ilog Port.
According to Mamburao Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Zyron Criste, it can be said that the Municipality of Mamburao came in first in terms of serving LSIs.
As per his account, as early as May 20, through the directive of Mayor Lyn Tria, Mamburao LGU has already commissioned a private vehicle for LSIs.
Kung susundin ung timeline, as of May 22, nakakapanundo na tayo nun.
May 20 pa lang, may nirentahan na tayo ng van para mag sundo. Kaya sa pagkakatanda ko, tayo ang una sa Oksi.Mamburao MDRRMO Zyron Criste
High five to that!
May 25, 2020 | Oriental Mindoro informed the public/constituents of their LIBRENG SAKAY Program and the vessel fare they have negotiated for their LSIs.
May 25, 2020 | UPLB students arrived at Mamburao. Together with other students from Occidental Mindoro, they were sent/driven to Batangas Port by the University and were then endorsed to Occidental Mindoro representatives. PGO Occidental Mindoro provided them with a Rorobus from Abra de Ilog Port on their way to their municipalities.
May 26, 2020 | Oriental Mindoro published their “Turbina To Batangas” Libreng Sakay trip, including other areas.
May 26-27, 2020 | Oriental Mindoro simultaneously posted schedules of their LIBRENG SAKAY trips with buses to be deployed at different areas.
May 28, 2020 | Provincial Joint Task Force meeting for Oksi LSIs. Individuals stranded in Batangas were also fetched at Batangas Port and were sent home to their municipalities.
May 29, 2020 | Oplan Sundo of Sangguniang Panlalawigan started.
May 29, 2020 | Provincial Government sets up 24/7 helplines to answer LSIs’ inquiries.
May 31, 2020 | Oksi Provincial Government sets up LSI OccMin Facebook account.
June 1, 2020 | PGO Occidental Mindoro posted photos of LGU vehicles intended for Hatid-Sundo Program.
June 1, 2020 | Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s Oplan Sundo picks up Oksi LSIs in Cavite.
June 2, 2020 | Sangguniang Panlalawigan approves Resolution No. 186 granting Gov. Ed Gadiano to coordinate with transport groups and to help LSIs outside Occidental Mindoro.
June 6, 2020 | Oksi Provincial Government officially announces the LIBRENG SAKAY BALIK LALAWIGN PROGRAM
June 6, 2020 | Municipalities of Calintaan and Rizal posted their own version of Oplan Hatid-Sundo.
But one thing that stands out on this is that, Calintaan LDRRMO I Bernadette Gagtan Driza said that theirs is intended to accommodate all LSIs and not just for those coming from Calintaan. Through the initiative of Mayor Eric C. Labrador, LSIs coming from and going to boundaries of Occidental Mindoro are being served.
A big salue to that!
In a Facebook messenger interview Ms. Driza said Calintaan LGU works closely with PGO Occidental Mindoro.
Tulungan po ang munisipyo at PGO. Kami po ay sumusundo sa Abra at sa boundary ng Oksi at OrMin sa Magsaysay kapag galing Oriental. Or Caminawit po kung galing ng Antique.
May itinalaga pong isang sasakyan ang aming Mayor, yung aming Isuzu truck sa pag susundo. Subalit nakita nyang kulang, kaya may kinausap po siyang jeep katulong sa pagsusundo.
Inihahatid din po namin yung mga na stranded naman dito sa amin na taga ibang mga lugar. Sa Abra din po at sa Magsaysay or Caminawit, kung saan po ang way nila. Kapag hindi po kasya ang LSIs ay isinasakay po ng sasakyan ng probinsiya o kaya ay ipinasasabay sa sasakyan ng ibang bayan na dadaan dito sa amin.
Yung sa NCR po at CALABARZON to Batangas Pier ay PGO na po ang bahala.Calintaan LDRRMO I Berndatte Gagtan Driza
During and in between days presented up to this posting, number of LSIs have returned to Occidental Mindoro either on their own or with the assistance of Provincial Government and their LGUs.
We salute everyone and all those who have been part of the process to bring our LSIs home.
Note: Cover photo from Mamburao Risk Reduction And Management Office Facebook page. Other photos captured through screen shots.