PHOTO CAPTION: The Bacolod-Silay Airport in Negros Occidental is expected to be a busy hub again if the proposal to allow ease of travel for those who are fully vaccinated is approved by National Government. The travel and tourism industry has been one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic./iNews
BACOLOD CITY–Negros Occidental is ready to accept fully vaccinated travelers without the need for an RT-PCR test.
Atty. Rayfrando Diaz, provincial administrator, said the province is ready to accept travelers that have completed their vaccination inasmuch as the provincial government has registered a substantial number of vaccinees in their Monitoring Information System (MIS) from the ongoing vaccination roll-out implemented by the Provincial Health Office and various local government units.
This comes as more proposals to start easing domestic travel in the country and further open up the country’s economy are now being forwarded to the National Inter-Agency Task Force.
Diaz pointed out they were earlier concerned that vaccination cards could be faked, but the issue seems now resolved, thanks to the use of QR codes for the vaccine cards.
The QR codes can be scanned at the airports to reveal the person’s vaccine information.
Philippine Airlines even suggested “vaccinated flights” that do not require passengers to present RT-PCR results, prior or upon arrival at the destination LGU, he also bared.
“It’s a welcome development. I don’t see anything wrong with it as long as their vaccination cards are all authenticated,” he said.
On Tuesday, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion bared that governors are now open to easing travel restrictions for domestic air travel for the fully vaccinated in order to boost tourism activities badly impacted by the pandemic.
Aside from Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and AirAsia Philippines are also calling on the national government to shorten quarantine days for international travel and remove the RT-PCR test requirement for fully-vaccinated individuals.
Concepcion said governors and mayors are now open to the idea of allowing airliners to fly vaccinated passengers without the RT-PCR test, while those who remain unvaccinated will still be required to undergo swabbing before being permitted to travel. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNews-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)