RIATF-RTF COVID-19: No lockdown in Western Visayas

ILOILO CITY, March 23 (PIA) -- The Joint Regional Task Force (RTF) and Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases in Region 6 said there is no lockdown in Western Visayas.

In an official statement issued today, March 23, the Joint  WV RTF and RIATF said it did not declare a lock down in the entire Western Visayas.

“This is to clarify and reiterate that our advisory released earlier merely adopted the provisions of National RIATF Resolution No. 104 dated March 20, 2021, wherein only ‘essential travelers’ from National Capital Region and its travel bubble circuit that includes Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal Area, shall be allowed to travel into and outside of Western Visayas from March 23 to April 4, 2021.

The Official Statement enumerated the essential travelers to include health and emergency frontline services personnel;  government officials and government frontline personnel; duly-authorized humanitarian assistance actors; persons traveling for medical or humanitarian reasons; persons going to the airport for travel abroad; anyone crossing zones for work or business and going back home; and Returning Overseas Filipinos  and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

“All other travelers not coming from the Subject Areas (NCR, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal Area) are allowed to enter Region 6, subject to the LGU’s health protocols and travel requirements,” the Official Statement noted.

It added that “All flights and sea vessel trips in the region are currently in normal operations to cater these essential travelers and returning residents from areas which are not covered in the IATF Reso. 104.”

Both Office of the Civil Defense 6 director Jose Roberto Nuñez, who chairs the Western Visayas RTF COVID-19, and Department of the Interior and Local Government director Juan Jovian Ingeniero, who is also the chair of the IATF COVID, advised the public to refrain from spreading unverified information.

They also appeal to everyone to continuously adhere to the health and safety protocols set by the authorities. (JBG/PIA6)


Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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