ILOILO CITY –Travelers going to Iloilo City are advised to register with the Safe, Swift, and Smart Passage (S-PaSS) Travel Management System for their travel coordination permit (TCP).
Donna Magno, head of the Iloilo City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), in Friday’s virtual episode of the Isyung Bakuna, said travelers can find all the requirements by opening an account with the S-PaSS developed by the Department of Science and Technology.
She added the city government is guided by Executive Order (EO) number 33 signed by Mayor Jerry P. Treñas on April 6, 2021 in processing the documents of city-bound travelers.
To obtain the TCP, residents or those staying with city residents have to upload their certificate of residency to the S-PaSS while non-residents have to submit a copy of hotel or accommodation booking, Magno said.
Travelers, except for authorized persons outside of residence (APORs) who will stay for less than 24 hours, will be swabbed upon arrival thus they do not need to present a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test before departure.
“If you are an APOR and you have a business in the City for less than 24 hours, that’s the time that we require the negative RT-PCR test taken 72 hours prior the travel. We also require them to submit to us a copy of their return ticket,” she said.
The city government deploys a team at the Iloilo International Airport for the free swab test, Magno added.
Those arriving by sea shall proceed to the Jubilee Hall at Mabini Street for their swab test and while waiting for the result travelers have the choice to stay in a hotel, quarantine facility, or at home.
Swab test results are expected to be released within 24 to 36 hours.
If the result is negative, then they can proceed with their activities, otherwise, they have to complete the 14 days quarantine or until they are tested negative.
Meanwhile, Magno added that those who have completed their two doses of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination still have to observe the protocol “because they might be carriers of the virus”.
“They have to understand that the vaccination will only protect the person who undergoes the immunization but it will not protect people from them. That is why we made it clear to them that upon arrival, they still have to undergo the protocol, swab, and quarantine until the release of their result,” she said.
Magno advised travelers to follow the city government’s Facebook account to be updated with protocols as the local government comes up with guidelines depending on the daily analysis of its Covid-19 cases. (PNA)