By Aaron B. Recuenco
Are you forced to go on a travel in the time of COVID-19? If yes, then two travel protocol flowcharts will certainly be of big help.
The Joint Task Force COVID Shield has released two simplified and updated travel protocol flowcharts aimed at guiding the people on what to do and what to secure if they are going to go to any part of the country under the strict quarantine rules.
Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, commander of the JTF COVID Shied, said the two travel protocol flowcharts answer the basic questions of people as they plan to go on travel either because of work, or other important reasons such as medical and family emergencies.
“We understand that some of our kababayan could not forego of some of the travels out of necessity for their family, for their work and especially as we have already partially opened our economy,” said Eleazar.
“Knowledge is power as they say and these flowcharts will serve as their guide for their travel plans to save them time and energy for their smooth travel plan,” he added.
The first travel protocol flowchart stipulates all the rules and documentary requirements on travel within Metro Manila, a province or a highly-urbanized city.
The second one, on the other hand, focuses on travels that involve crossing the border of Metro Manila, a province and highly-urbanized city.
Eleazar explained that the travel flowcharts are meant to simplify the explanations on restrictions what with the continuous implementation of quarantine rules that focuses much on restricting the movement of the people as among the first line of defense against the spread of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19).
“The Travel Protocol Flowchart is a simple ‘Yes or ‘No’ guide which is applicable to all quarantine status existing in the area and applicable anywhere in the country,” said Eleazar.
He added that all travel protocols that they crafted could also be used by the Local Government Units (LGUs) in informing their constituents seeking approval to travel. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año earlier tasked LGUs to establish a ‘One-Stop Shop’ to facilitate the compliance of documentary requirements of the travelers.
But Eleazar was quick to point out that under the current rule, all travels of Locally Stranded Individuals going to and coming from Cebu City and Talisay City, which are under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and Modified ECQ respectively are temporarily banned. The quarantine status of the two cities will be until June 30.
Also included in areas banned for LSI travels are those under localized lockdowns by their respective LGUs, said Eleazar. (Aaron Recuenco)