Just recently, the Iloilo City Government issued Executive Order No. 96, implementing the mandatory protocols for returning residents (both locally stranded individuals and overseas Filipino workers) and authorized persons outside residence coming from the National Capital Region, Cebu City, and Talisay City, arriving at Iloilo City, and other persons tested for COVID-19.
The EO enumerates mandatory protocols:
- COVID-19 testing. Upon arrival, whether by way of land, air, or sea travel, returning residents from NCR, Cebu City, and Talisay City (along with persons with medium to high risk of exposure to positive COVID-19 cases shall be required to undergo mandatory COVID-19 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR Test).
- Quarantine. After undergoing mandatory testing, returning residents (detailed above) are required to undergo mandatory 14-day quarantine, either at a facility or hotel identified by the Iloilo City Government (LSI), or hotel identified by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). Moreover, home quarantine is prohibited.
- Admission and Confinement. Returning residents (detailed above) found to be COVID-19 positive shall be confined and admitted either at the Iloilo City Government identified COVID-19 treatment facility or at a hospital chosen by the patient.
- Contact tracing. Returning residents (detailed above) shall voluntarily submit and agree to cooperate with the Iloilo City Health Office for purpose of contact tracing. Moreover, they are also required to execute an undertaking (attached in the EO)
Penalty. Those found to have committed acts of non-cooperation (witiful refusal or defiance to obey measures) shall be penalized with a fine of not less than twenty thousand (Php 20,000) pesos but not more than fifty thousand (Php 50,000) pesos or imprisonment of not less than one (1) month but not more than six (6) months. (Other inclusions can be viewed in the EO below).