Residents of Iloilo Province, Iloilo City, and Guimaras coming from Capiz, Antique, and Negros Occidental only have today, July 03, to return before border restrictions take full effect. Residents only need to present any proof of residence to be allowed entry prior to the said date.
This is after the province reimposes border restrictions from July 01 to 15, 2020 through Executive Order No. 128-E issued by Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. In a post by ‘Balita Halin Kapitolyo’, the official social media page of the Iloilo Provincial Government, enumerates the following persons who are allowed entry into the province:
Government officials and personnel travelling in the performance of their functions; health and emergency frontline personnel and duly authorized Humanitarian Assistance Actors; persons travelling for medical or humanitarian reasons; persons granted passage to the airport for travel abroad, or from the airport to the border, provided that, the travel within the province shall be non-stop from the border to the airport or vice versa; Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) returning to the province in trips organized by and under the auspices of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration; and residents of Iloilo City, the province of Guimaras travelling there and into the province.
Moreover, residents who fail to return after July 03 shall be considered as locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and shall be required of the following prior to entry:
Medical certificate from the originating/sending LGU; travel authority from the Chief of Police or higher command or Travel Authority issued by the governor to their returning constituents, in coordination with the PNP, and prior coordination and clearance with the provincial and concerned municipal governments.
“We are not secured with the treatment and regulations of travelling persons in other ports outside of Region VI coming from Luzon. We need to go back to border restrictions, otherwise, we cannot protect our quarantine,”explains Governor Arthur Defensor Jr on why border restrictions were reimposed, in a social media post by Balita Halin Kapitolyo.
“If we see that we are secured, then we can lift it. And because of that, we continue to communicate with our fellow governors as well as mayors,” he adds.