Antigen testing suspended for Boracay workers

PHOTO CAPTION: Workers in Boracay, regardless of vaccination status, are now allowed to enter the island after LGU Malay suspends the antigen testing as pre-entry requirement for Aklanon or non-Malaynon workers./iNEWS

BORACAY–The antigen testing requirement for returning Aklanon workers to Boracay Island has been suspended, thanks in part to Malay acting town mayor Floribar Bautista.

The temporary suspension of antigen testing for Aklanon workers took effect two weeks ago when the province was placed under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

The town of Malay added testing for Aklanon or non-Malaynon workers as COVID-19 cases spiked last month, in the hopes it would detect possible infections upon arrival of workers.

According to Bautista, Aklanon workers, regardless of vaccination status, are allowed to enter the island for now.

“Dahil ang ibang Aklanon workers fully vaccinated na, pansamantala nating hindi itinuloy ang antigen testing. May mga establishments na pinababalik ang mga workers; hindi na kailangan ang antigen test muna [As some Aklanon workers are already fully vaccinated, we are temporarily suspending antigen testing. There are establishments that need their workers back; they won’t require antigen testing for now],” the acting mayor stressed on September 2.

Under Executive Order 031 issued on July 31, 2021, Aklanon workers are allowed to go out of Malay, Aklan for a maximum of 12 hours without the need to submit an antigen test result upon their return.

Only negative antigen tests conducted at accredited clinics in mainland Malay are accepted for screening purposes. Aklanon workers who test positive after antigen testing will be subjected to a confirmatory RT-PCR test.

Malaynon workers coming from Malay and other workers with valid RT-PCR test results are exempted from antigen testing.

In related news, Bautista said 78 percent of the eligible workers for vaccination have already received their first dose of a vaccine.

“(Pero) walang bisita sa ngayon ang mga accommodation establishments sa Boracay dahil sa restrictions ng MECQ [Accommodation establishments in Boracay are without guests now due to the restrictions under MECQ],” he added. (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNEWS-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)

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