1,000 stranded individuals still at Rizal Coliseum

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 28) — Around 1,000 locally-stranded individuals remain at the Rizal Coliseum, bound for Caraga and Zamboanga regions, an official said on Tuesday.

Presidential Management Staff Assistant Secretary Joseph Encabo said 37 individuals have tested positive via rapid test.

“Agad agad silang bibigyan ng confirmatory test ng DOH and Philippine Coast Guard. Ilalagay din sila sa quarantine facility hanggang makuha ang results,” he told CNN Philippines’ Balitaan.

[Translation: They will be given confirmatory tests by the DOH and Philippine Coast Guard. They will also be placed in a quarantine facility until they get their results.]

Encabo added that over 5,656 LSIs were already sent home via bus and ship transport since Saturday.

He said this has given the previously packed Rizal Memorial Sports Complex more space for the stranded individuals left at the venue.

“Sa ngayon po ay maluwag na ang venue natin. Simula nung last Sunday ay binuksan natin ang football field para magkaroon ng kaluwagan ang lugar,” Encabo said.

[Translation: The venue has more space now. We also opened up the football field last Sunday for more space.]

Around 6,000 LSIs flocked to the sports venue after the government announced a massive send-off on July 25 to 26.

The “Hatid Tulong” lead convenor said that the numbers of stranded individuals spiked because they accommodated even those who were not registered in their system.

Meanwhile, at least 604 LSIs have arrived in Eastern Visayas (Region VIII) as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to data from the region’s presidential management staff.

On that number, 221 are from Leyte, 93 are from Eastern Samar, 91 from Samar, 81 from Northern Samar, 46 from Southern Leyte, 38 from Ormoc, 29 from Tacloban and five from Biliran, PMS Regional Director Evelyn Clarin said.

CNN Philippines Stringer Wil Mark Amazona contributed to this story.