DILG: Parents in the provinces may not fetch their kids stranded in Metro Manila

The government will bring the students home via its Hatid Estudyante program
by Kitty Elicay | May 15, 2020
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Parents will not be allowed to pick up their children who are stranded in Metro Manila and other cities and regions, even as the rest of the Philippines transitions into general community quarantine (GCQ) on May 16, 2020, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) announced on Wednesday.

Kahit man gustuhin natin ay hindi pa po nila pwedeng personal na sunduin dahil nga mayroon tayong stay-at-home policy,” DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said during a live broadcast of the Laging Handa briefing.

(“Even if we wanted to, parents will still not be allowed to personally fetch their children because of our stay-at-home policy.”)

Despite the GCQ status, travel will still be limited in these areas, according to Malaya.

“Limited pa rin po ang galaw ng tao at hindi puwedeng bumiyahe na lang mula sa probinsiya papuntang Metro Manila ang mga magulang na gustong pauwiin yung kanilang mga anak,” Malaya explained, noting that parents might be barred from passing through police checkpoints.

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(“Movement is still limited so parents cannot travel from the provinces to Metro Manila to take their children home.”)

Stranded students may instead sign up for the Hatid Estudyante program, a government initiative that aims to bring home stranded students. According to Jay Santiago, head of the program and general manager of the Philippine Ports Authority, more than 10,300 students have already registered online. They have already coordinated with two local government units to facilitate the return of the stranded students starting May 14.

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Under the GCQ, public transportation may be allowed to operate but at limited capacities. (Check out the guidelines here.)

According to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), more than 9,000 tertiary students are stuck in dormitories and schools all over the country.

This story originally appeared on . Minor edits have been made.

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