ILOILO CITY – Western Visayas is not locked down but only “essential travelers” from the National Capital Region (NCR) and its travel bubble circuit shall be allowed into Western Visayas until April 4.
The Regional Task Force and the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) on Tuesday issued the clarification after false information spread that the region has been placed under lockdown.
“This is to clarify and reiterate that our advisory released earlier merely adopted the provisions of National IATF Resolution No.104 dated March 20, 2021 wherein only essential travelers from the National Capital Region and its travel bubble circuit that includes Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal area, shall be allowed to travel into and outside of Western Visayas from March 23 to April 4, 2021,” the statement said.
Non-essential travelers and even returning residents from the NCR and its bubble are temporarily barred in the region.
The essential travelers include health and emergency frontline services personnel, government officials and government frontline personnel, duly-authorized humanitarian assistance actors, persons traveling for medical or humanitarian reasons, persons going to the airport for travel abroad, anyone crossing zones for work or business and going back home and Returning Overseas Filipinos and Overseas Filipino Workers.
The statement added that all flights and sea vessel trips in the region are currently in normal operations to cater to those who are not covered by the IATF resolution.
“The public is hereby advised to refrain from spreading unverified information. Further, we appeal to everyone to continuously adhere to health and safety protocols,” the statement read.
Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas was among those who thought the region was placed on lockdown.
“I do not know if any of the local chief executives have been consulted about this. I demand that the regional IATF consult the local chief executives. On behalf of Iloilo City, I am demanding an explanation,” he said in a statement posted on the city government’s Facebook page.
Last week, Western Visayas implemented a uniform protocol requiring all travelers to have a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test 72 hours prior to travel.
The province and city of Iloilo sought a travel moratorium but was denied by the national IATF. (PNA)