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Guv hopes IATF reverses rule exempting gov’t APORs from tests

Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said he hopes the national Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) reverses its policy that exempts government Authorized Persons Outside of Residence from mandatory COVID-19 testing and quarantine on entering the province.

There have been cases where APORs have been carriers of the virus, he said Friday, August 6.

IATF Resolution 98-A provides that government officials/personnel on official business shall be allowed unimpeded travel to their place of destination and shall not be required to undergo mandatory testing and quarantine protocols of the local government unit of destination, the governor pointed out.

“We have appealed even before to no avail,” the governor said of their call to be allowed to test arriving government APORs for COVID-19.

Lacson said APORs working for private firms are required negative RT-PCR tests results on entering Negros Occidental.

Bacolod City Administrator Em Ang on Thursday said some APORs entering Bacolod City have tested positive for COVID-19.

The city government also requires APORs working for private firms to have negative RT-PCR tests results, she said.*

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