Jose Abad Santos strengthens border control guidelines

Kitayo Checkpoint at the boundary of Jose Abad Santos, Davao Occidental and Glan in South Cotabato.

DAVAO CITY, May 14 (PIA) – The municipal government of Jose Abad Santos in Davao Occidental province has strengthened the implementation of its border control guidelines, particularly on the inter-regional travels.

JAS Mayor Jason John Joyce said that they particularly tightened control over the regional border in Barangay Kitayo which is the boundary of JAS and municipality of Glan in Sarangani province, Region XII.

Based on the recent joint RIATF-RTF Resolution, Joyce said that visitors and returning residents coming from other regions, as well as those returning overseas Filipinos, will be required to have negative RT-PCR test results.

As to quarantine guidelines, returning residents and ROFs with no symptoms will no longer need to be quarantined, he said during Friday’s (May 14) “Gobyernong Balitaan” radio program over Energy FM Digos with the Philippine Information Center of Davao del Sur/Davao Occidental.

He added that those manifesting symptoms will be assessed by the health care frontliners if they will be required for a home quarantine or will be needing admission to designated isolation facilities.

The local government of JAS will also be issuing an Executive Order mandating stricter guidelines on mass gatherings, in a bid to maintain the zero local transmission of COVID-19 in the municipality.

Joyce bared that mass gatherings like weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and other personal occasions will only allow up to a maximum of 30 people including the organizers, photographers, caterers, and among others.

The 50 per cent capacity policy should be strictly followed for meetings and religious gatherings, Joyce said

“Isipin nyo na lang na mas maganda ito dahil makakatipid kayo sa gastos (Just think that this is much better because you can save on costs,” the mayor urged his constituents.

He said that the EO will take effect starting May 16, 2021.

 The local chief executive reaffirmed that they have no local transmission case of COVID-19.

Joyce said that of the 5,321 locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and ROFs, 14 were confirmed positive of the virus. (PIA-XI/Carina L. Cayon)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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