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West Visayas execs eye travel ban between Panay and NegOcc

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Local chief executives in Western Visayas requested for a moratorium on the movement of non-essential travelers and Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APORs) to and from the islands of Panay and Negros for seven days to contain the spread of Covid-19.

The members of the Joint Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) and the Regional Task Force would be endorsing the request to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases and National Task Force against Covid-19 (IATF-NTF) for approval, said Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas.

The moratorium does not cover APORs in the healthcare sector, humanitarian workers and uniformed personnel. (https://bit.ly/3yiB9g4)

Once approved, the IATF-NTF shall provide a two-day lead time for the suspension to be announced and disseminated to affected travelers to be made aware of, so as not to inconvenience the operations of businesses and other relevant activities in both islands.

“There has been an increase in their recorded cases and they wanted to contain it. Since they acknowledged that there have been frequent trips from Iloilo City to Bacolod with people from Iloilo City moving to Bacolod City and vice versa,” Christian Nagaynay, head secretariat of the RIATF, said in a PNA interview.