BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III / GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Negative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results taken two days upon arrival in Bacolod City are still required from travelers, executive director Em Ang of the Emergency Operations Center, said yesterday.
Ang made the clarification after the Department of Health issued an advisory recently stating that the local government units could still require the submission of a negative RTP-PCR test to inbound travelers, who are fully vaccinated.
This contradicts the earlier pronouncement made by the national Inter-Agency Task Force stating that fully vaccinated individuals may no longer be required to present negative RT-PCR test results at the LGU of destination.
Ang said that those who are fully vaccinated only have cards as proof of their inoculation which do not even have security features.
She said the Department of Information and Communications Technology is currently developing a system to verify if a person has, indeed, been fully vaccinated.
The Bacolod Covid-19 vaccination Council, chaired by Mayor Evelio Leonardia, has submitted the data on individuals who have been vaccinated to the national government.
Data from the EOC showed that, as of July 6, some 59,945 residents have already been vaccinated, either with Sinovac or the AstraZeneca jabs.
Meanwhile, Negros Occidental logged 117 new Covid cases, and Bacolod City, 78, yesterday, the Department of Health Region 6 said, adding that all of these were local cases.
There are now 2,026 active cases in Negros Occidental, with 343 deaths, and 1,465 cases in Bacolod, with 323 deaths, the report added.
Iloilo province had the most number of additional Covid cases at 169, Aklan – 118, Iloilo City – 116, Antique – 54, Capiz – 41, and Guimaras – 12, bringing to 707 the total active cases in Western Visayas, including those of Negros Occidental and Bacolod City.
Five Covid deaths were also recorded in Negros Occidental on July 8 added to 15 a day earlier, the Provincial Incident Management Team said.
PIMT also reported 106 recoveries on the same day, from 212 on July 7.
Active cases stood at 1,850, or an increase of 12, compared to 1,838 a day earlier, the PIMT added.
Two Regional Incident Management Teams have also been deployed in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City, under the supervision of Emergency Operations Center manager, Ma. Aletha Nogra.
The extended mobilization of RIMTs was made by virtue of Regional Task Force Memorandum Resolution No. 12, series of 2021, the Office of the Civil Defense said.
The two RIMTs are under the area command of the Regional Task Force 6-RIMT.
Nogra, accompanied by Incident commander Radny Pabon, Logistics Section chief Ferdinand Turbanos, and Deputy Operations section chief Hernani Lopez, recently met with Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, and were briefed on the progress of the vaccine rollout in Negros Occidental. They were joined by PIMT provincial head Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian.
They were also updated by Lacson on the travel and health protocols being implemented in Negros Occidental.*