PHOTO CAPTION: Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Lacson does not have any problems with fully-vaccinated Negrenses traveling interzonally, but reminds them to always follow all health protocols./iNEWS
BACOLOD CITY–”Go wherever you like as long as you comply with the protocols.”
This was the advice of Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson on Sunday as travel restrictions were eased for those who had completed their COVID-19 vaccinations.
The IATF, in Resolution 124-B, eased the rules on the interzonal travel of fully-vaccinated persons. It states that travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are now only required to present proof of complete vaccination instead of swab test results.
The DOH issued a different guideline on Wednesday that stated RT-PCR negative test results may still be required of fully vaccinated tourists.
Provincial administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz, however, made it clear that Lacson’s Executive Order 21-34, which adopts the guidelines and protocols of the NIATF for fully vaccinated individuals, remains in effect in the province.
Lacson said that borders with neighboring Negros Oriental are open with restrictions, and travelers must register thru the S-PaSS.
But when asked when passengers will be allowed to travel again to the eastern side of Negros Island, the governor quipped, “Don’t they worry about the situation in Dumaguete?”
The Department of Health in Region 7 on Saturday announced that Central Visayas, including Negros Oriental, is now experiencing its third COVID-19 wave of cases.
“We are in a third wave now. We have been monitoring the cases for the last 4 weeks in Central Visayas, not just Cebu City, and our epidemic curve shows an upward trend,” said Dr. Eugenia Mercedita Cañal, head of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of DOH-7.
As of July 10, the Provincial Health Office reported that Negros Oriental has a total of 1,501 active infections. Most of them are in Dumaguete City, where there are 242 cases.
As to the latest advisory of the NIATF allowing those aged five years old and above to go out to open areas, Lacson said he will first discuss it with local doctors. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNEWS-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)