- Two Balik Probinsya beneficiaries who went home to Eastern Visayas from NCR tested positive for COVID-19
- This prompted DOH-8 director Minerva Molon to call for the review of BP2 protocols in order to ensure that the provinces are ready to accept returnees
- The Leyte Provincial Health Office, meanwhile, found out that some of the returnees have not been tested for COVID-19
Two Balik Probinsya returnees from the National Capital Region (NCR) who went home to Eastern Visayas tested positive for COVID-19, a regional health official confirmed.
Department of Health-8 Director Minerva Molon said that a 26-year-old and a 28-year-old, both males, who went home to Tanauan town and Baybay City, respectively, are both asymptomatic or are not exhibiting symptoms of the virus.
They are part of the first batch of 112 beneficiaries of the “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa” (BP2), program aiming to help decongest NCR.
Molon is calling for the review of the BP2 protocols after finding out the test results. “We already sent reports on the lapses of the program. We also have to look into the readiness of the community to accept returning residents,” Molon said.
Leyte provincial health officer Lesmes Lumen, meanwhile, revealed that some of the returnees told health workers during their interview that they have not been tested for COVID-19.
“The Balik Probinsya program is good because we want people from Leyte to be back, but the problem is the process of sending them back. We hope that all beneficiaries will follow the health protocols,” Lumen said.
She said the immediate release of all test results would help them find out how many of the 112 are positive for the virus. Complete test results are expected to be released within the week.
Eastern Visayas has recorded 31 COVID-19 infections as of Thursday, with 20 recoveries and zero death.