BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Despite stringent measures being implemented in the borders of Negros Occidental, there are still attempts by some unscrupulous persons to sell fake RT-PCR test results to returning Negrenses, Provincial Incident Management Team head Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian said yesterday.
Caelian enjoined returning Negrenses not to fake their RT-PCR test results that can be bought for P600, and warned them that they will be placed on quarantine and subjected to swab testing.
This, on top of penalties to be imposed against them, under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, and for violating the protocols of the Inter-Agency Task Force, he added.
Returning Negrenses are being required to secure negative RT-PCR test results, aside from registering with the S-Pass and StaySafe apps, upon entering the province.
All RT-PCR test results presented are being validated with the issuing laboratories for confirmation, Caelian said.
Nonessential travel from Negros Oriental to Negros Occidental is being prohibited, with the former now under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine and the latter under General Community Quarantine restrictions.
The PIMT yesterday started the Sinovac vaccine rollout in local government units in Negros Occidental, that are ready to accept and administer the shots to residents in priority groups.
Of the 1,546 vials of Sinovac vaccine, Caelian said the Provincial Health Office ambulances and a PDRRMO pickup vehicle yesterday delivered 150 doses to Pulupandan, 198 doses to Kabankalan City, and 200 doses to La Carlota City.
The ambulance of the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital delivered 300 doses to EB Magalona and 350 doses to Talisay City, while the ambulance of Cadiz District Hospital delivered 198 doses to Sagay City and 150 doses to Escalante City.
Caelian said the delivery of vaccines will continue until supply lasts, and will depend on the vaccination preparedness of the concerned LGUs.*