The shortened quarantine period for incoming vaccinated travelers is underway as President Rodrigo Duterte prompted the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to reduce the current 10 to 14 days to only seven days.
In a taped public address, Duterte asked the IATF if it is "really demanded of the moment and is it really a compelling thing" that the 10-day protocol be completed.
He added that the quarantine period for the arriving travelers should be reduced from 10-14 days to only seven days since symptoms will only take that long to manifest.
"When this thing COVID came in, they were talking about the incubation period of about seven days only... I may be wrong...Pero kung totoo 'yan, 7 days na lang."
(If that is true, then we only need seven days.)
"Kasi kung magpasok 'yan, it will manifest sa katawan mo within 7 days . . .Talagang lalabas yan," he added.
(Because if you get infected, it will manifest within seven days. So it will definitely show.)
Duterte also mentioned the high costs that the government is paying for the hotels used as quarantine facilities, saying the government's debt is piling up due to the existing quarantine protocol.
"Pati 'yung utang natin. Kasi 'yung mga hotel na ginagamit natin, maganda. Manila Hotel, Diamond Hotel. Hindi ito basta-basta," he said.
(Also, our debts are adding up because we are using upscale hotels. Manila Hotel, Diamond Hotel is not cheap.)
He also expressed his sympathy to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have to undergo detention for too long.
Meanwhile, in the same tape briefing, Interior Sec. Eduardo Año said they're just finalizing the plans to shorten the quarantine period for fully vaccinated people to five to seven days.
"Fina-finalize na lang po namin ito. Magiging 5 to 7 days na lang ang quarantine period sa mga vaccinated po," Año said in the same briefing.
(We are just finalizing this, but the quarantine period for vaccinated people will only be 5 to 7 days.)
(Source: GMA News, ABS-CBN News)