Ninety-eight passengers from Metro Manila and Cebu bound for the Negros Occidental failed to depart Monday, April 5, with the start of the enforcement of the moratorium on travel to Western Visayas.
Negros Occidental Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said 63 passengers from Manila and 35 from, Cebu had to deplane.
Diaz said the provincial government had requested the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines to allow the two Philippine Airline flights to fly to Negros before the moratorium started but it was denied.
“We made the request with the assurance that the incoming passengers would be tested and quarantined,” he said, but Resolution 108 of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases had taken effect, he said.
The IATF had granted the request to temporarily suspend inbound passenger travel from the National Capital Region and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Cebu City and Davao City to Western Visayas until April 10.*