BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA
The Negros Occidental provincial government has set restrictions for authorized persons outside residence (APOR) entering the province for official business, and emergency and indispensable travel.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson issued Executive Order No. 20-33 on Monday and said the provincial government sees the need to regulate APOR by imposing additional health and safety protocols before entering Negros Occidental.
He said that APOR enjoys the privilege of unrestricted movement throughout the duration of community quarantine.
However, APOR has become carriers of COVID-19 virus, which heightens the risk in the province, he added.
Upon reaching the borders of the province, APOR on official business will be required to present certificate of work schedule which includes the number of days of stay in the province, medical clearance certificate issued on the date of travel by a government physician from the point of origin, certificate of employment and employee identification card for workers in private companies, employee ID for government officials and workers, mission order for uniformed personnel, travel order for government officials and employees, and ID for volunteers working for humanitarian organizations.
The EO said that APOR shall notify the province through their local offices or agencies of the nature of their travel and they will be required to comply with the usual screening procedures, and fill out health declarations and locator forms.
Similar requirements will be needed for APOR on emergency travel.
The EO said that APOR on emergency travel shall not be allowed to go out of their place of residence and shall be required to undergo strict home quarantine protocols for the entire duration of their stay.
When they go back to their work stations, their family members shall continue undergoing home quarantine to complete the 14-day standard quarantine period.
If the APOR’s travel is not work-related, the general guidelines on the local health and safety protocols of the province will apply, the EO said.
The order also said that the composite team manning the borders will notify the local government destination and the province upon entry of the APOR.
The EO also said that government agencies, LGUs, and private institutions must strengthen coordination, monitoring, documentation, and accountability.
The APOR will be denied entry if they failed to adhere to the requirements set by the province, the order said, adding that persons or establishments violating the EO will face administrative and criminal charges.*