All persons traveling to Western Visayas, including Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR), must have negative COVID-19 reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results taken 72 hours before their trip, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas said Friday, March 19.
The WV officials agreed to issue regionwide executive orders that will cover APORs, who were previously exempted, he said.
The WV governors and mayors of highly urbanized cities joined a Zoom meeting with Local Government Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III to discuss the move, Treñas said.
It was agreed that local government units in Western Visayas will issue executive orders that will be effective up to April 10 unless sooner revoked by the local government units if the circumstances warrant, he said.
Densing said to go ahead with the immediate issuance of the EOs and to enforce them, and the national Inter-Agency Task Force will also approve the move in a meeting next week, Treñas said.
WV officials want APORs tested prior to entry into the region amid rising COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila and Cebu.
“We are asking for two weeks, if the situation improves we can change our protocol,” Treñas said.*