BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Travelers arriving in Negros Oriental are no longer required to present a negative RT-PCR result, but not in Dumaguete City and Negros Occidental.
In his latest Executive Order, Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamos said that while travelers will no longer be required to have a negative result on RT-PCR tests, in compliance with the NIATF uniform travel protocols for land, air and sea, they will be subjected to swab testing if they manifests signs and symptoms of influenza-like illnesses.
Degamo also requires travelers to coordinate with the local government units on their final destination pending institutionalization of the Safe, Swift and Smart Passage (S-Pass) Travel Management System in accordance with NIATF Resolution 101.
He also stressed that border control remains in effect.
However, Dumaguete City- bound local travelers, are still required to present a negative RT-PCR swab test result and a certificate of acceptance, City Tourism officer Jacqueline Antonio said.
Antonio said that Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo had issued a directive that they would still continue to implement the existing travel protocols, even as Degamo issued his Executive Order No. 6 that no longer requires travelers bound for Negros Oriental to present a negative RT-PCR test result prior to travel.
Incoming travelers must still register at www.registerdumaguete.com and submit their negative swab test result; their acceptance certificate will be emailed to them within 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson also issued Executive Order Number 21-18 on March 13 adopting NIATF Resolution No. 101, which basically opens the province to other areas of the Philippines.
Lacson’s Executive Order takes effect today.
However, travelers to Negros Occidental should comply with the following requirements: negative RT-PCR test result, 72 hours prior to their arrival in the province, securing a S- Pass Permit and StaySafe.PH application.
This also includes those coming from Negros Oriental, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said Friday.
But the negative RT- PCR test result is not a required for those travelling within Region 6, Lacson’s EO stated.
The executive order issued by Lacson also states that airports, seaports, and terminals within Negros Occidental shall be open to the public, will allow private and public Vehicles to transport passengers, with local government units no longer required to pick up inbound passengers.
Lacson also said that the provincial government will offer voluntary swabbing or voluntary swabbing and quarantine to inbound passengers and shall bear the costs, and that there will be no more facility quarantine upon arrival in Negros Occidental.
Travelers who do not comply with the requirements shall not be allowed to board or travel to Negros Occidental, he added.
Inbound passengers shall only undergo seven days of home quarantine upon arrival at their destination.
As of March 12, Negros Oriental has 92 active cases, including 15 in Dumaguete City, while Negros Occidental has 139 active cases, excluding the 55 active cases in Bacolod City.*