Non-essential travel to Iloilo banned

Published July 19, 2021, 5:16 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – Non-essential travel to Iloilo and Iloilo City has been banned anew as the province is under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. and Mayor Jerry Treñas here reinstated separately Monday, July 19, the border restrictions as the ECQ is scheduled to last until July 31.

This was a different take after both Defensor and Treñas issued executive orders separately over the weekend that there were no border restrictions amid ECQ status.

Only Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APORs), including government workers, medical workers, frontline workers, humanitarian workers, essential workers, returning locally stranded individuals (LSIs), returning overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), and those being transported for emergency or medical purposes, are allowed entry.

Iloilo consists of 42 towns and the component city of Passi while Iloilo City is the regional capital of Western Visayas.

While no specific guidelines have been released as of posting time, Treñas announced that those coming from Bacolod City in Negros Occidental are required to present negative COVID-19 test results. Without these, they will be denied entry.

On the other hand, Defensor said that there will be a 48-hour period for non-essential persons to return to their hometowns.