Fastcraft trips resumption still uncertain

THE Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Negros Occidental said Tuesday, October 20, that there are no more travel restrictions for residents of Bacolod City who want to travel to Iloilo City only and vice versa.

But Lieutenant Commander Jansen Benjamin, PCG-Negros Occidental chief, said the resumption of fastcraft operations for Bacolod-Iloilo and vice versa is still uncertain up to this time.

Benjamin said the fastcraft operators are still concerned over the sudden changes in the trip restrictions.

He said Bacolod City residents who want to travel within Iloilo City only are no longer required to secure any travel documents.

The same protocols are applied for Iloilo City residents who want to travel to Bacolod City only.

But residents of both cities are required to register with the BacTrac system when traveling in between the two cities.

Benjamin said, however, during his last meeting with Provincial Incident Management Team (PIMT) head Dr. Zeaphard Caelian that residents of Negros Occidental are still required to submit themselves for swab testing upon arrival in Bacolod City.

Some changes were made, wherein those who have been tested will be allowed to return home instead of being redirected to the Provincial Government's designated quarantine facilities.

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

In the meantime, Benjamin advised those who want to cross to Iloilo City to use FastCat as it is the only operator that plies the route.

Although FastCat has been operating, it does not have a definite schedule of departure and arrival.

The ticket agent said the vessel only leaves when they have cargo that needs to be brought to Iloilo City and that there are still few passengers traveling Bacolod-Iloilo and vice versa.


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