NegOcc, Bacolod agree to ease travel curbs

Posted by watchmen
February 4, 2022
Posted in HEADLINE

By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga

The province of Negros Occidental and Bacolod City are expected to lighten their travel protocols starting tomorrow, February 1, after an agreement was reached between Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Mayor Evelio Leonardia to harmonize travel protocols last Friday.

Negros Occidental and Bacolod City ease their travel protocols starting February 1, 2022 after an agreement was reached between Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Mayor Evelio Leonardia to harmonize travel protocols. (Provincial Government of Negros Occidental photo)

Effective February 1, all Bacolod City-bound travelers from Metro Manila will no longer be required to present a negative RT-PCR test result upon arrival at the Bacolod-Silay Airport.

Instead, travelers will present a negative rapid antigen test result taken from a certified or accredited Department of Health (DOH) clinic or laboratory within 48 hours prior to their scheduled flight.

All inbound passengers coming from outside Western Visayas and Negros Oriental are also required to present a negative rapid antigen test result regardless of vaccination status.

During the joint meeting which was also attended by the 31 city and town mayors in the province, there were some doubts at first over the accuracy of the rapid antigen test requirement.

However the doubts were quickly quashed after La Carlota City Mayor Rex Jalandoon, who is also a doctor by profession, assured them that the rapid antigen test now has a high accuracy rate and therefore is also a reliable alternative to the RT-PCR test.

Meanwhile, all Negros Occidental-bound travelers will be entitled to a free rapid antigen test upon arrival as a requirement to enter the province.

Lacson said the agreement of the parties is subject to adjustments based on new Inter-Agency Task Force resolutions.

The governor also stated during the meeting that the provincial government is willing to conduct a new antigen test for Bacolod-bound travelers for free to ensure the authenticity of the rapid antigen test result and for the safety of everybody./DGB, WDJ

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