By Charissa Luci-Atienza
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has been urged to be “fair” and “objective” in granting travel passes to those traveling in quarantine areas, and scrap the “unnecessary processes” that would further burden the travelers, especially the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and locally stranded individuals (LSIs).
Quezon City 2nd district Rep. Precious Hipolito-Castelo said the presentation of a medical certificate should be “sufficient enough” for those who intend to return back to their provinces.
“Sympre hindi maiiwasan na papaboran ang kakilala nila kaysa sa hindi, patatagalin, pahahabain ang verification process. Kaya nananawagan tayo sa PNP na maging pantay sila, objective and at the same time, kung hindi talaga maiiwasan na mag-iissue sila ng travel pass o maninindigan ang IATF, huwag naman po nilang pahirapan yung ating mga kababayan,” she said in an interview over DZBB.
(It cannot be avoided that they will favor their acquaintances, than the strangers, they will delay, prolong the verification. Our appeal to PNP is they should be fair, objective, and that the same time, if they really have to issue the travel pass or the IATF will insist, they should not make our countrymen suffer.)
“I think it is sufficient na meron nang medical certificate. Tutal, hindi naman of probative value itong travel pass na ini-issue ng PNP e kasi sila po, ang kanila talagang trabaho is ay kanilang panatilihin ang public order and safety, hindi magkakagulo, peace and order, hindi ang pag-iissue ng travel authority o travel pass,” she added.
(I think it is sufficient to have medical certificate. Since the travel pass issued of the PNP has no “probative value” because their job is to maintain public order and safety, ensure there will be no chaos, peace and order, and not the issuance of travel authority or travel pass.)
After receiving reports that there were abuses committed when people secure travel documents, Castelo reminded the PNP that there should be no red tape, and no corruption in its issuance of travel pass.
The vice chairperson of the House Committee on Metro Manila Development said she got reports that there have been long queues of people who want to secure travel authority from the PNP.
“They should scrap the unnecessary process. If the IATF decides to issue the travel pass by means of the PNP, there should be clearance from the DOH. We should not delay our countrymen who apply for a travel pass for them to return back to their provinces,” she said.