Dgte to regulate entry of returning residents
DUMAGUETE CITY, July 3 (PIA) — The Dumaguete Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) unanimously passed a resolution requiring every person entering Dumaguete City to strictly follow local health protocols by submitting a negative RT-PCR test result (released not more than 72 hours prior to travel), securing a certificate of acceptance from the city, and undergoing a 14-day quarantine upon arrival in a facility designated for the purpose.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, chairperson of the City Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF-EID), said the directives shall form part of the city local health protocol in view of the increasing incidents of COVID-19 cases from arriving travelers and returnees with the goal of protecting the residents from COVID-19 contamination.
DILG Region 7 Director Leocadio Trovela, in an advisory dated June 19, 2020, imposed a temporary travel ban on Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) coming from or going to Cebu City which is under Enhanced Community Quarantine.
On the other hand, the Philippine National Police Directorate for Operations in Camp Crame also issued a memo suspending the issuance of Travel Authority for individuals traveling to and from Cebu City and to and from Talisay City.
In a resolution, the City ITAF-EID noted that some of the returning residents who are LSIs, Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs) and Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APORs), most of whom stayed and transited in Metro Manila and Cebu, tested positive for COVID-19.
Remollo said it must be clarified that there is no ban on returning residents, LSIs, ROFs or APORs provided that they follow local health protocols in order to lower or prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19 in its territory.
This is also a means to ensure that all persons entering the city are properly documented, COVID-free, and given appropriate accommodations, to also prevent overwhelming the public health system since some of its facilities are operating in full capacities already, he added.
To ensure consistent enforcement, the City IATF-EID has requested the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), and airline and shipping companies to enforce the said local health protocols beginning July 1, 2020 and shall remain in force and effect until further notice. (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental)