Negros Occidental and Bacolod City will comply with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) directive that fully vaccinated individuals need not present negative COVID-19 test results when travelling within the Philippines.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said he is issuing an executive order Tuesday, July 6, enforcing IATF-EID Resolution No. 124-5 that allows fully vaccinated individuals to enter Negros Occidental without presenting negative RT-PCR test results.
The no RT-PCR results rule will apply two weeks after an individual’s second dose, he said.
Under the new IATF-EID directive, fully vaccinated individuals only need to present their vaccination card for interzonal travel and intrazonal movement.
Lacson said he has instructed Provincial Legal Officer Alberto Nellas to draw up an executive order for the enforcement of IATF-EID Resolution No. 124-5.
Doing away with the RT-PCR testing for travelers who are fully vaccinated is also one way of encouraging individuals to have themselves vaccinated against COVID-19, he said.
The provincial government is also creating QR codes for fully vaccinated Negrenses so when they travel the authenticity of their vaccination cards can be quickly checked, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said.
Diaz noted that the efficacy of vaccines against COVID-19 is 90 to 98 percent.
With more people vaccinated we can gradually return to some normalcy, he said.
Diaz said travelers who are not fully vaccinated should voluntarily subject themselves to COVID-19 tests and quarantine on arrival until their negative results are out for their own safety and for their family.
City Administrator Em Ang said Bacolod is also ready to comply with IATF-EID Resolution No. 124-5 and is also developing QR codes for its vaccination cards.
Intrazonal movement of fully vaccinated senior citizens within the areas under general community quarantine and modified GCQ will be allowed, the IATF-EID directive also said.
The resolution also states that in situations when fully vaccinated individuals are close contacts of probable and confirmed COVID-19 cases, they may undergo a shortened 7-day quarantine period only if they remain asymptomatic.
The Department of Health said Monday that Bacolod City remains a moderate risk area for COVID-19, while Negros Occidental is a low risk area.
Western Visayas has been tagged as a low risk area for COVID-19. Aklan and Iloilo City are moderate risk areas and Antique, Capiz, Guimaras and Iloilo province are low risk areas, the DOH added.*