By Dolly Yasa
BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson confirmed Monday the reopening of the province’s borders with Negros Oriental and Cebu.
But Lacson said travelers from Negros Oriental and Cebu will be required to secure a negative RT-PCR test result at least 72 hours prior to traveling to Negros Occidental.
The governor also said that prior to the re-opening of borders with Region VII, he will call for a meeting with the transport sector to discuss how to effectively implement Resolution No. 101 issued by the National Inter-Agency Task Force (NIATF) which introduced uniform travel protocols.
The precautions that they will introduce aim to control the number of COVID-19 cases since most of the requirements for travelers such as medical certificates and travel authority passes have already been removed.
Lacson signed an executive order during the weekend which stipulates that travelers bound for Negros Occidental need to secure an S-Pass permit, as well register on StaySafe.PH.
He said travelers within Western Visayas are no longer required to secure an RT-PCR test result while inbound travelers need not undergo a seven-day home quarantine in their local government unit of destination.
Under NIATF Resolution No. 101, travelers would no longer be compelled to go on quarantine unless they exhibit symptoms upon arrival.