No more travel restrictions for Bacolod, Iloilo passengers – PCG

The resumption of fast craft travel between the cities of Bacolod and Iloilo remains uncertain even after the Philippine Coast Guard said travel restrictions are already lifted.

BACOLOD CITY–There are no more travel restrictions for residents of Bacolod City who want to travel to Iloilo City only and vice versa, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Negros Occidental announced.

Lt. Commander Jansen Benjamin, PCG-Negros Occidental chief, said Bacolod City residents who want to travel to Iloilo City only are no longer required to secure any travel documents.

Lt. Commander Jansen Benjamin, PCG-Negros Occidental chief

The same protocols apply to Iloilo City residents who want to travel to Bacolod City only.

However, residents of both cities are required to register into the BacTrac system when traveling between the two cities.

On the other hand, passengers traveling outside Bacolod City but within Negros Occidental are still required to submit themselves for swab testing upon arrival in Bacolod City.

However, unlike previously, this protocol has been modified to allow passengers who have been tested to continue to their destinations without having to be quarantined at a provincial government facility first.

This, according to Benjamin, citing his last meeting with Provincial Incident Management Team (PIMT) head Dr. Zeaphard Caelian.

Locally stranded individuals (LSIs), and returning overseas Filipino workers (ROFs), meanwhile, are required to register into the S-Pass online system developed by the Department of Science and Technology and is similar to Bacolod City’s BacTrac system.

Pressed for when the fast craft services between Bacolod City and Iloilo City will resume, Benjamin said the resumption of trips remains uncertain as the operators are still concerned over sudden changes in travel restrictions.

In the meantime, Benjamin said, FastCat is available for those who want to cross over to Iloilo City.

Earlier, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas agreed to reopen travel between the two cities following weeks of suspension due to the sudden spikes in COVID-19 cases in the two cities. (Eugene Y. Adiong/INews-Bacolod Bureau)

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