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Travel moratorium extension sought

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Western Visayas governors and mayors of two highly-urbanized cities in the region are asking the national Inter-Agency Task Force to extend for one more week the travel moratorium for those coming from Manila and its neighboring provinces, Cebu, and Davao City, that will end tomorrow.

Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said the collective decision was reached during a Zoom meeting yesterday.

But Lacson said the request for extension will not include overseas Filipino workers.

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia said, “We are all anxious that the spike is happening all over Western Visayas.”

“We are very concerned of the possibility that a new variant of Covid-19 may have caused the spread in our region, so we hope for the understanding and support of the public. And we hope the national IATF will act on this immediately,” Leonardia said in a statement.

This is a move to protect ourselves in Bacolod and Western Visayas, he added.

Lacson said local chief executives in Region 6 are also asking for an increase in the Covid vaccines allotted for Western Visayas.

Lacson said that Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas was tasked to formalize the request.*

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