By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY – As the general community quarantine (GCQ) started to be imposed Saturday, the provincial government here said only local residents will be allowed to travel anywhere in Iloilo province and Iloilo City.
Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. said that travel restrictions will still apply for residents of neighboring provinces in Panay Island, including those from Aklan, Antique and Capiz.
Defensor’s new executive order for the GCQ only permits local residents, who do not pose coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) risks, will be allowed to travel in any of the
42 towns and component city of Passi, which are all under jurisdiction of Iloilo province.
Defensor and Mayor Jerry Treñas of Iloilo City, the regional capital of Western Visayas, will be allowing the free flow of non-risky people.
Defensor’s executive order also includes residents of the island province of Guimaras, which was once a sub-province of Iloilo.
Defensor explained people can go around with a valid ID, but still limited to a certain age group and discourages the frequent movement of senior citizens.
The Iloilo provincial government’s policy was different from that of the Iloilo City government, wherein Treñas announced he was allowing entry of all people from the Western Visayas region.
But with border restrictions imposed by the Iloilo provincial government, residents of Aklan, Antique and Capiz provinces still cannot enter Iloilo City because they have to pass though towns of Iloilo province.
Aside from local residents, only repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and stranded workers are allowed to enter Iloilo.
Certain public transportation in Iloilo City and Iloilo province have resumed Saturday, but still at a very minimal level.
Sea trips between Negros Occidental province and Iloilo remained suspended following the approval by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on the request of Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) announced that commercial flights at Iloilo Airport remained suspended until May 31 or until further notice.