Mayor Climaco cautious vs lifting moratorium on LSIs despite drop in Covid-19 cases


Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco has expressed reservations to lift the temporary moratorium on locally stranded individuals (LSIs) despite the decrease in the number of coronavirus disease active cases in the city.

But the local chief executive said the lifting of suspension will depend on the consensus of the various local government units in the region.

“This remains under the concerted synchronized effort of the City Government of Zamboanga and the different local government units in the Zamboanga-BASULTA (Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi) area,” she said.

The Regional Inter-Agency Task Force issued last October a resolution regarding the moratorium.

The freeze was imposed due to the continued closure of the neighboring borders on top of limited quarantine facilities to accommodate incoming LSIs in Zamboanga City.

While Climaco considers the drop in the number of active cases a positive development, the city should not drop its guards down.

“There are improvements. These efforts are really godsent and they are little celebrations, but this doesn’t mean that we are free from Covid. Our quarantine facilities remain full and we are still in need of an isolation facility with a 1,000-person capacity,” she said.

The mayor explained that the moratorium will allow the different facilities in the city to respond to the influx of people.

“We are trying to hold off the entry of people so we can properly manage the Covid cases in the city and ensure our hospitals will not be overwhelmed,” she explained.

Climaco also thanked the various local government offices, the frontliners, and other stakeholders for their efforts in fighting Covid-19 in the city.