Authorization to travel, medical certificate is no longer required to travel – DILG – Manila Bulletin
The Department of Home Affairs and Local Government (DILG) confirmed on Sunday February 28 that the travel authorization issued by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the medical certificate obtained from the local health unit are no longer required for domestic travel.
DILG Under Secretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said the decision was made after the Inter-Agency Working Group for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) approved national travel protocols harmonized for land, air and sea recommended by the department.
On February 26, IATF-MEID released Resolution # 101 approving the Simplified Travel Protocols developed by DILG with the approval of PNP, Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP), League of Municipalities of the Philippines LMP) and the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP).
The DILG official noted that the new protocols are applicable to all LGUs in the country and he urged all LGUs to comply with the new regulations issued by the IATF. He added that COVID-19 testing will not be mandatory for domestic travelers unless the destination LGU will require testing before travel.
“If the destination LGU requires testing, it will only require one reverse transcription – polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test and none other. This means LGUs cannot require antigen testing or rapid testing as pre-travel testing requirements, ”said Malaya. Malaysia urged all travelers to check with their destination locality before traveling to ensure a smooth journey.
Under the new protocols approved by the IATF, Malaysia stressed that no traveler will be required to undergo a quarantine at the facilities unless they show symptoms upon arrival at the destination LGU.
“Therefore, the health assessment of passengers or travelers supervised by health professionals will be mandatory upon entering the port / terminal and upon exiting at the point of destination,” he added.
He noted that all LGUs, whether or not they require PCR testing, should conduct clinical and exposure assessment at all entry and exit points to ensure that only asymptomatic and non-contact people narrow are allowed to travel or move from one LGU to another. .
Malaysia also highlighted that with the harmonization of travel regulations, minimum public health standards that include physical distancing, hand hygiene, cough etiquette and wearing face masks and Face shields, among others, will be strictly enforced by PNP and local authorities.
Persons authorized outside the residence (APOR) of national government agencies and attached agencies must provide their identity card, travel order and travel itinerary, and must be tested for symptoms at the ports of entry and exit in accordance with IATF Resolution 98-A. issued February 4, 2021.
For ports and terminals, Malaysia said all must have allocated a sufficient number of quarantine facilities.
A referral system should be in place where travelers who become symptomatic should be transferred to quarantine or isolation facilities to allow the Quarantine Bureau for airports, or local health authorities in the event of LGU, to take relay. For the National Capital Region (NCR), Malaysia said all buses to provinces will need to use the integrated interchange terminal as a central hub for transport, as no bus company or public transport will be allowed. to use their private terminals. Local Government Units (LGUs) have the ability to provide transportation for all travelers transiting from one LGU to another upon arrival at airports and seaports to their final destinations.
S-PaSS Travel Management System
In line with these developments, Malaysia said that with regard to communication technology services, the Safe, Swift and Smart Passage (S-PaSS) travel management system of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will be institutionalized as the only stop-shop or communication application for travelers. He noted that a focal person from the province with regard to their component municipalities and cities and highly urbanized cities (HUC) and independent component cities (CCI) will be affected.
“To complement the S-PaSS, we also encourage the public to install the StaySafe.ph mobile app. It will be used as the main contact tracing system, ”said Malaya.
“The work of the contact tracers in the DILG and LGU field offices is complemented by technology. I urge travelers and the general public to use the StaySafe.ph app on their cellphones as a way to help defeat COVID-19 so that we can smoothly transition to a new safe normal ”, a- he concluded.
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