Navotas gov't now requires tourists to present health documents before entry

Published July 7, 2021, 7:22 PM

by Joseph Pedrajas

Individuals coming from outside the NCR Plus bubble will have to submit various health-related requirements before being allowed entry into Navotas City to protect the residents from COVID-19.

The local government announced Wednesday that tourists coming from outside the National Capital Region (NCR), Bulacan, Laguna, Rizal and Cavite — collectively called as the NCR Plus bubble — must register at and have to submit a health declaration or a medical certificate issued by the health office of their origin before they can enter the city.

“It must state that the tourist is not a COVID-19 patient nor a suspected or probable case,” an advisory posted on the local government’s social media pages read.

“A negative RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) swab test result is also necessary,” it added.

Those entering Navotas must also present a certificate issued by their barangay government, stating that they are not included in the list of those who need to undergo quarantine or have already finished their quarantine period.

They have to determine their point of destination or the address they will be staying in the city, the advisory added.

“The travel restriction is a precautionary measure to ensure that we will not suffer again another surge of COVID cases. We saw an influx of cases and high transmission rates in places outside of NCR Plus. We need to implement additional safeguards to keep our people safe,” Mayor Toby Tiangco said in a statement.

“While our cases remain low, they are steadily increasing that is why we need to be extra careful and proactive in our fight against this deadly and ever-changing virus,” he added.

According to a report of OCTA Research, Navotas recorded the least number of new cases per day from June 25 to July 1 among other Metro Manila cities.

As of July 6, Navotas has a total of 11,088 COVID-19 cases. Of these, 10,619 have recovered, 371 died, and 98 are still active.

S-PaSS is an online travel management system developed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) that serves as an online communication and coordination platform for local government units, monitoring agencies, and travelers.