Travel Requirements for Entering Negros Oriental – 2021
What are the travel requirements? Negros Oriental Provincial Governor Roel Degamo signed Executive Order No. 6 last March 10, 2021. In the said order, he included a few more provisions in addition to the recent Inter-Agency Task Force Resolution No. 101. Local tourists in the Philippines can now travel without testing and quarantine unless LGUs of destination requires to.
Negros Oriental Executive Order No. 6, Series of 2021
Section 1. Executive Order No. 5, Section F (Additional Provisions) is hereby amended and now read as follows:
F. Additional Provisions
- This set of guidelines shall be binding in all component cities and municipalities within the Province of Negros Oriental;
- Travelers are no longer required to present a Negative RT-PCR result;
- Upon arrival, if a traveler manifests signs and symptoms of Influenza-Like Illnesses (ILI) after assessment by the medical team, the traveler shall be subjected to an RT-PCR test subject to the provisions of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Ordinance No. 27, series of 2020, as follows;
“Section 6. Expenses. The expenses of the RT-PCR testing shall be shouldered by the concerned LSI or ROF at P 2700.00.
However, if the concerned LSI is indigent, as determined by the MSWD/CSWD, the same shall be shouldered by the receiving municipality or city with a 50% counterpart from the Province.
However, if the city or municipality can provide for its test kit (swab with UTM, extraction kit and detention kit), the city or municipality shall pay only for the running of the test in the amount of P 500.00
The expenses for the said RT-PCR testing of the ROF shall be shouldered by the province if he/she is an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker). If not, ROF shall pay for his/her RT-PCR testing expenses.
However, if the said LSI or ROF qualifies, said expenses shall be shouldered by PhilHealth.”
3.a While waiting for the RT-PCR result, the traveler shall be held at the quarantine/isolation facility of sea, air and land terminals per Resolution No. 101 (E) issued by the National IATF
3.b If found positive of COVID-19, the traveler shall be transferred to an Isolation Facility managed by the LGU of final destination
3.c If found negative of COVID-19, the traveler shall be allowed to go home
- All Cities and Municipalities, through their Punong Barangays, shall direct their Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) to monitor the health status of the travelers who arrived in their respective barangays and if a traveler develop symptoms of ILI, to report this immediately to their local City/Municipal Health Office
Section 2. Travelers are required to coordinate with their LGUs of final destination pending the institutionalization of the Safe, Swift, and Smart Passage (S-PaSS) Travel Management System in accordance to Resolution No. 101 (D) (1) issued by the National IATF;
Section 3. Border control remains to be in effect;
Section 4. Guidelines for Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs) are covered by Resolution No. 96 issued by the National IATF, as follows;
“A. The recommendations of the IATF Technical Working Group on COVID-19 New Variants are adopted. Effective February 1, 2021, the testing and quarantine protocols for all persons allowed entry in the Philippines shall be as follows:
- Arriving passengers, regardless of origin, shall be required to undergo facility-based quarantine upon arrival;
- Unless the passenger exhibits symptoms at an earlier date while on quarantine, Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test shall be conducted on the fifth day from date of arrival in the Philippines;
- If the RT-PCR test yields a negative result, the passenger shall be endorsed to their local government units of destination who shall then coordinate transfer of said passenger from quarantine facility to the LGU and strictly monitor the remainder of the fourteen-day quarantine through their respective Baran gay Health Emergency Response Teams; and
- In all of the foregoing, appropriate patient management as outlined in the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases guidelines and the Department of Health Omnibus Interim Guidelines on Prevention, Detection, Isolation, Treatment and Reintegration Strategies for COVID-19 shall still be observed.”
Section 5. Authorized Persons outside of Residence (APORs) are covered by Resolution No. 98-A and Resolution No. 101 (C) (1 and 2) issued by the National IATF, as follows;
“To enable National Government Agencies and their attached agencies, including the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation, to fulfill their respective mandates, 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/or quarantine protocols of the local government units of destination, provided that they: a. Present valid IDs issued by their respective government agency; b. Present original or certified true copy of travel authority/order issued by the Department Secretary or his/her designated official; c. Pass symptom screening at the port upon arrival, and in the case of public transport, upon boarding; and d. Strictly comply with the minimum public health standards.”
Section 6. Separability Clause. If any part, section, or provision of this Executive Order is held invalid or unconstitutional, other provisions not affected thereby shall remain in full force and effect.
Section 7. Repealing Clause. All previous executive Orders issued that are inconsistent with the provisions of this Executive Order are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.