PHOTO CAPTION: Iloilo City will once again be setting up border control checkpoints, with only essential personnel and APORs allowed into the city. At the Iloilo City Hall, meanwhile, the transacting public will only be allowed in if they have been fully vaccinated. (N. Glenn Aragon/Photo courtesy Aksyon Radyo Iloilo FB page)
ILOILO CITY–Iloilo City will once again implement border control checkpoints at all its entry and exit points starting tomorrow, August 24.
According to Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, only authorized personnel and Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APORs) will be allowed into the city.
However, the border control checkpoints are suspended every Thursday to allow persons from the different towns in the neighboring province of Iloilo who are scheduled for vaccination into the city to meet their appointment.
Treñas also said that if coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continue to mount despite all these control measures, he will consider the return to the quarantine pass system to address the upsurge.
To ensure the organized flow of essential personnel and APORs past the border checkpoints without delay or any problems, the city chief executive advises everyone planning to go to the city to bring their identification cards (IDs) or travel orders and immediately present them to policemen manning the checkpoints.
In the latest COVID-19 Regional Case Bulletin released by the Department of Health-Center for Health Development here in Western Visayas, Iloilo City is at third in the number of active COVID-19 cases with 1,347 behind Iloilo Province (3,243) and Aklan (1,466).
While the active cases actually dipped by seven cases compared to last week’s 1354, the city still copped third place—overtaking Negros Occidental, which had 1225—as it logged more new cases in the week ending August 22: 584 to Negros’s 231.
Iloilo City had more recoveries, though, with 576; Negros only had 334.
‘NO VACCINATION, NO ENTRY’
In related news, the Iloilo City Hall will close its doors to people who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to Building Administrator Mitch Antiqueña, they will again be implementing the “no vaccination, no entry” policy to include those who only had the first dose of a vaccine.
However, a person barred from entering may inform the guard of the purpose of their visit and opt to wait for someone from the department concerned to go down and help facilitate their transaction.
The “no vaccination, no entry” policy will be in effect for the entire week. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNEWS)