By Liza Soriano
MANILA — In response to growing traveler inconvenience with the hassle of the screening process, Senator Nancy Binay has demanded that the One Health Pass (OHP) be discontinued.
“Dapat i-lift na natin ang One Health Pass dahil hindi na rin ito nagiging praktikal at mas nagiging inconvenient ito para sa nakararami,” Binay said.
“Mas malaking hassle sa ating mga OFW at balikbayan dahil dagdag na screening kahit quarantine-cleared at kumpleto sila sa bakuna at boosters. From the tourism lens, we might be turning away potential guests because of this added bureaucratic layer whose effectiveness isn’t even guaranteed,” she added.
The head of the Senate committee on tourism stated that while the travel and tourism sector works to recover from the epidemic, the Department of Tourism and other organizations should consider streamlining the procedures that guests must go through.
She mentioned the OHP, which the Bureau of Quarantine and Department of Transportation use to process the mandatory health protocols and quarantine needs of overseas travelers.
The senator claimed that abroad Filipino employees had been complaining that lengthy waits at the nation’s airports were a result of the procedure of confirming the OHP.
“Minsan, nakakatulong din naman na sumunod tayo sa trends. Other countries, even our ASEAN neighbors, are already liberalizing and rationalizing their entry processes. If they come from cities that have a high vaccination rate, there is no reason why we must be stricter, especially against other countries that have better vaccination rates than us,” the senator said.