To harmonize travel protocols all over the Philippines, the government is considering removing travel authority and medical certificates as a requirement the undersecretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said.
“Ang gusto na namin tanggalin yung travel authority at local health certificate kasi medyo irrelevant na. ‘Yung mga kapulisan natin halimbawa instead na peace and order ang kanilang focus, karamihan na nasa presinto nagiissue na lang ng travel authority,” DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III explained.
(We want to remove travel authority and local health certificates because they are irrelevant. Our policemen would focus on the issuance of travel authority instead of implementing peace and order.)
He added, “Pangalawa, ‘yung city health certificate hindi na relevant kasi kukuha ako ng health certificate tapos after three days pa ako magbiyahe wala na siyang relevance din dahil maaaring magkaroon ako ng Covid-19 along the way.”
(City health certificate is not relevant anymore especially because if it was issued three days before travel, it has no relevance. I still might get infected with Covid-19 along the way.)
However, Densing said these are all still “subject for discussions”. To boost the tourism industry they said they will soon harmonize travel policies in local government units (LGU).
“May kalituhan pero dahil may government at IATF [Inter Agency Task Force] policy na kailangang dahan-dahan para makagalaw for purposes of tourism, kailangan mayroong common protocols,” the DILG official said.
(There are some confusions, but since we have the government and IATF policy that we need to slowly ease travel restrictions for purposes of tourism, we need to have common protocols.)
Densing further said that they are deliberating whether to remove the requirement to undergo swab testing before travel protocols for all LGUs.
Instead, they will require tourists to undertake clinical assessment at the terminal of origin and terminal of destination, he said.
LGUs require negative Covid-19 test results, medical clearances, and travel passes to prevent community transmission in their areas. Though the Cebu Province has already eased their travel restrictions by completely scrapping Covid-19 test requirements for domestic tourists.