Under Treñas’ directive, the return to Region 6 of overseas workers stranded in Cebu would still continue. Only the return of LSIs from Cebu was suspended, it stated. ILOILO City – The city government here has temporary suspended the travel of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from and going to Cebu as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases there continue to increase. The suspension aims to protect the people of Western Visayas from the coronavirus, she explained. With this requirement, she said, “We are assured nga medyo slim ang chance nga mag-positive sila (in a repeat test when they arrive in Iloilo).” Region 6 is currently under an extended modified general community quarantine. Mayor Jerry Treñas announced this move through Executive Order No. 086-F, following the Department of Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) order to withhold the issuance of Travel Authority for LSIs. On Tuesday night, DILG-Iloilo director Teodora Sumagaysay announced that the suspension of LSI travel to and from Cebu took effect on June 20, citing the advisory of Assistant Regional Director Maria Calpiza Sardua.“Overseas workers are required to undergo reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test (and the result must be COVID-negative),” Sumagaysay explained. Sumagaysay appealed for patience, understanding and cooperation from the LSIs and their families./PN According to Sumagaysay, no date has been set yet if when the suspension of LSIs’ return would be lifted. LSIs, on the other hand, are not required to undergo RT-PCR test for their return to Western Visayas. But she indicated this may depend on the COVID-19 rate in Cebu. Cebu was reverted back last week to the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) until June 30 due to a surge in cases of COVID-19 there.