ILOILO

Iloilo Province reimposes border restrictions

RESIDENTS of Iloilo Province, Iloilo City, and Guimaras coming from Capiz, Antique, and Negros Occidental only have until Friday, July 3, 2020, to return to the province.

They only need to present any proof of residence for them to be allowed entry.

Iloilo Province reimposed border restrictions from July 1 to 15, 2020 through Executive Order No. 128-E issued by Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr.

Under the Executive Order, only those who are allowed entry into the province are the following:

*Government officials and personnel traveling in the performance of their functions;

* Health and emergency frontline personnel and duly authorized Humanitarian Assistance Actors;

* Persons traveling for medical or humanitarian reasons;

* Persons granted passage to the airport for travel abroad, or from the airport to the border, provided that, the travel within the Province shall be non-stop from the border to the airport or vice versa;

* Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) returning to the province in trips organized by and under the auspices of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration; and

* Residents of Iloilo City, the province of Guimaras traveling therefrom and into the province.

Returning residents who fail to return after July 3 shall be considered as locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and shall be required of the following to enter the province:

*Medical certificate from the originating/sending LGU;

*Travel authority from the Chief of Police or higher command or Travel Authority issued by the governor to their returning constituents, in coordination with the PNP; and

*Prior coordination and clearance with the provincial and concerned municipal governments.

Entry shall only be allowed upon prior coordination and clearance with the provincial government.

Defensor said there is a need to reimpose restrictions on borders due to the threat in the ongoing movement of people all over the country.

“We are not secured with the treatment and regulations of traveling persons in other ports outside of Region VI coming from Luzon,” he said.

“We need to go back to border restrictions, otherwise, we cannot protect our quarantine,” he added.

But the governor clarified that transportation concerning commerce and industry will not be hampered.

He said the restrictions might be lifted before July 15 depending on the development of the situation.

“If we see that we are secured, then we can lift it. And because of that, we continue to communicate with our fellow governors as well as the mayors,” he said. (Capitol news)


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