Iloilo City to reinstate border restrictions

Published August 24, 2021, 9:19 AM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – Starting Tuesday, there will be again border restrictions to this city to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“It was decided to restore the border checkpoints starting tomorrow – only the essential personnel and authorized persons outside residence will be allowed entry in the city. I have also instructed our compliance team to strengthen monitoring and enforcement of minimum health protocols in barangays,” said Mayor Jerry Treñas in a statement Monday, August 23.

It means only authorized persons outside of residence (APORs) including health workers and essential workers are allowed entry to Iloilo City, the regional center of Western Visayas.

The Iloilo City government led by Treñas made the decision after data from the regional Department of Health (DOH Region 6) showed that there were more than 300 cases recorded in Iloilo province, which composes of 42 towns and component city of Passi.

On his part, Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. has ordered travel restrictions in barangays (villages) of the 42 towns and Passi City.

Defensor said that those who need to travel for emergencies must have a travel pass.

Both Iloilo City and Iloilo province are once currently under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).