Nograles: Uniform requirements for local travel on the IATF agenda

Published February 10, 2021, 10:10 PM

by Genalyn Kabiling

The proposed uniform set of requirements of local government units for domestic travelers will be tackled in the next meeting of the government task force, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Wednesday.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles

Nograles admitted that the different visitor entry requirements of various local government units have affected the movement of people across the country.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Diseases, the government’s policy-making body in addressing the coronavirus pandemic, is expected to hold a meeting on Thursday.

“Right now mahirap gumalaw between LGUs (Right now, it’s difficult to move between LGUs),” Nograles said over state television Wednesday.

“Right now, ang daming patakaran. In fact, isa sa mga pag-uusapan naming sa IATF this Thursday I believe would be ano ‘yung pag-standardize ng mga requirements ng mga LGUs. Maaaring pag-usapan namin yan sa Thursday kasi iba-ibang LGUs, iba-ibang requirements at patarakan (Right now, there are many regulations. In fact, one of the topics we will discuss in the IATF this Thursday I believe would be how to standardize the requirements of the LGUs. We may discuss that on Thursday because different LGUs have different requirements),” he added.

Malacañang earlier endorsed the proposal to harmonize the travel and health requirements of local government units to entire more Filipinos to travel. 

The country’s major tourist destinations such as Boracay, Ilocos, Palawan and Baguio City have already reopened to local tourists as the government moves to revitalize the economy and livelihood of people. The lack of uniformity of travel requirements such as testing protocols however has reportedly made it confusing and inconvenient for people to visit some destinations.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat earlier welcomed the local officials’ strict implementation of health and safety protocols while welcoming local travelers. The tourism chief however has also called for uniform travel protocols to make travel easier and more fun for Filipinos.