LOCALLY-stranded individuals (LSIs) with confirmed tickets for their flights back to their home provinces can stay inside terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said during his visit to the airport on Wednesday that this was due to the limited space and that once passengers were inside the terminal, they would not be allowed to leave.
Tugade’s visit comes after President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday night ordered him to accommodate the LSIs at NAIA until they leave.
The chief executive also mentioned in his statement that NAIA should put more chairs for the convenience of the LSIs.
The “Balik-Probinsya” program was temporarily suspended as the government required that all LSIs undergo swab testing.
The country’s major airlines such as Philippine Airlines (PAL), Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) and AirAsia resumed domestic operations on June 1 to serve the riding public with confirmed flights.