DILG official asks LGUs to set ordinances aligned to national laws

Published July 7, 2021, 11:46 AM

by Chito Chavez

A Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) official said on Tuesday, July 7, that local government units (LGUs) should align their ordinances with national policies amid debates on easing of travel restrictions for coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) fully-vaccinated domestic tourists.

In an interview over ABS-CBN’s TeleRadyo, DILG Assistant Secretary Odilon Pasaraba said the department adheres to the “whole of government approach’’ to prevent public confusion.

Earlier, the Inter-Agency Task Force Against COVID-19 said those who have received two doses of vaccine may present their inoculation card or quarantine certificate instead of a negative confirmatory swab test result when traveling domestically.

Pasaraba said the DILG’s order to the LGUs is to amend or revisit their protocols on the vaccination cards or interzonal travel and align them to the IATF resolutions.

“Dapat nakabatay ito (policy) sa itinakda ng national rulemaking bodies tulad ng IATF, (This should be based on the policies of the national rulemaking bodies like the IATF)’’, Pasaraba Pasaraba said.

But Quirino Governor Dakila Cua said some provinces were not consulted during the policymaking scheme for travelers saying that the LGUs were caught off guard on the easing of travel protocols for fully vaccinated individuals.

Pasaraba noted that the DILG has yet to receive reports of non-compliant local governments on the new travel protocols for fully vaccinated travelers.