BACOLOD CITY–With a new resolution that eliminated Task Force COVID Shield, the Bacolod City government will no longer require certificates for travel issued by the City Health Office (CHO) effective immediately.
Instead, travelers will be required to register with the Safe, Swift, and Smart Passage (S-PaSS) Travel Management System, as mandated by Resolution 101 of the national Inter-Agency Task Force.
In a statement, the Bacolod City Emergency Operations Center (EOC), said the new requirement is in compliance and full implementation of the provisions of the National Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (NIATF-EID) Resolution 101, series of 2021.
The resolution, issued on February 26, approved the uniform travel protocols for land, air, and sea of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
It also provides that the travel authorities issued through the local police stations and health certificates dispensed by local health offices will no longer be required.
In a recent memorandum, the Bacolod City EOC said that the non-issuance of medical certificates for travel will allow CHO personnel to tend to direct medical care visits and focus on the city’s COVID-19 vaccination program.
“The Safe, Swift, and Smart Passage (S-PaSS) Travel Management System of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) shall be institutionalized as the one-stop-shop application/communication for travelers…The StaySafe.ph shall be utilized as the primary contact tracing system,” part of the resolution also read.
Dr. Edwin Miraflor Jr., officer-in-charge of the City Health Office, said that the online transactions for securing medical certificates shall continue only until April 15.