Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson defended the local task force’s decision to allow overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) affected by the lockdown to return to the province.
On Saturday, April 18, the politiko said no less than the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) upheld this decision, which the Philippine National Police (PNP) initially refused to implement.
Singson was since able to secure a letter from DILG Regional Director James Fadrilan saying Ilocos Sur’s move to allow OFWs back into the province is in compliance with the national government’s guidelines.
“This matter was clarified in the letter where it categorically pronounced that the guidelines issued by the IATF – Ilocos Sur is in order and NOT in any way in conflict with any national directive,” Singson said.
The governor explained they allowed OFWs to enter Ilocos Sur after the latter complaint of lack of livelihood, food, and shelter.
“The body allowed the entry of the qualified returning residents to the Province because we felt that it is more advantageous for them to be here subject however to some conditions in order not to compromise the efforts of the Provincial Government in preventing community transmission,” Singson said.