BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The entry of Negrenses to Cebu will be regulated for 10 days, starting today, Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said in an executive order she issued dated June 12.
Garcia said that persons originating from Negros Oriental and Occidental, as well as Bohol, who may enter in any of the Cebu ports, will be required to present a negative RT-PCR test result, taken 72 hours before departure from their points of origin, and a negative Rapid Antigen test result taken at least 48 hours, also from their place of origin.
The EO takes effect 12:01 a.m. of June 14 to 24, unless extended.
Garcia said that the Department of Health is charged with the responsibility of conducting rapid antigen in all ports of origin upon all persons travelling to Cebu province, and the Philippine Ports Authority and Coast Guard should assist in the screening of persons entering her province.
The DOH, Garcia said, reported a steady rise in Covid-19 cases in Negros Oriental, that ranked number two among the 128 provinces and cities in terms of active Covid infections.
The heightened restrictions upon all persons entering Cebu were concurred in by the DOH, the Department of Interior and Local Government, and the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, Garcia said.
RoRo and fastcraft vessels from Escalante and San Carlos cities enter Cebu through the Tabuelan and Toledo ports.
Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson is also expected to issue an order today to prohibit non-essential travel from Negros Oriental.
The EO will include the closure of all beach and mountain resorts during the Feast of St. John the Baptist on June 24 to 26.
Meanwhile, Mayor Salvador Escalante Jr. issued an EO prohibiting all forms of social and mass gatherings, and temporarily suspending the permits of all resorts operating in beaches, rivers, lakes, and parts of Cadiz City.
Escalante, however, said that places of religious worship may continue to admit worshippers at 30 percent of the venue capacity.*