RIATF endorses Iloilo-Negros travel moratorium

PHOTO CAPTION: Negros Occidental governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (right) raises no objections to the travel moratorium between Negros and Iloilo requested by Iloilo City mayor Jerry Treñas, which, if approved, will run for a week./iNEWS

BACOLOD CITY–It looks as though travel between Negros Occidental and Iloilo might soon be hampered instead of un-, at least for a week.

This, after the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) endorsed the seven-day travel moratorium to Negros Occidental requested by Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas.

According to Treñas, “The motion of the city was joined by the province of Iloilo and concurred by Negros Occidental and all the other government agencies. It was unanimously approved and will be endorsed to the national IATF for proper disposition.”

Exceptions would be for uniformed personnel, and for medical and humanitarian reasons, the mayor added.

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said the resolution means “non-essential travel will not be allowed, but travel of cargo will remain unimpeded.”

He said Treñas cited “the continuing increase in COVID-19 cases in Iloilo City and their health service getting overwhelmed soon if left unchecked.”

The travel moratorium will not apply to cargoes./iNEWS

Lacson said that the resolution will be endorsed to the national IATF for approval.

In a post on his Facebook account on Saturday, Treñas announced, “Our cases are increasing, our quarantine facilities are getting full, and it is getting increasingly difficult to get to the hospitals for COVID cases.”

He has also said called on the hospitals to increase their capacities for COVID as Iloilo City is experiencing “a surge”.

“We are considering to request for MECQ status since heath care facilities are almost overwhelmed, and cases are going up,” Treñas said.

As for the increasing number of new COVID-19 cases in Negros Occidental, Lacson said “it is still manageable.”

“But can get out of control if we become complacent,” he warned. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNEWS-Bacolod/ Negros Bureau)

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