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NegOr cancels RT-PCR test for passengers from Western Visayas in Bacolod.

The city has removed the need for passengers from Western Visayas and Negros Oriental to have a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result as of Sunday afternoon.

In a statement released Monday, Mayor Evelio Leonardia stated the city administration must strike a balance between public health and the socio-economic activities of its constituents, which include travel and the transportation of critical items to and from its territorial authority.

“I have signed Executive Order (EO) 3, which waives the requirement for a negative RT-PCR test result for passengers from local government entities in Region 6 and Negros Oriental. We must learn to live with the virus and make appropriate and cautious adjustments,” he stressed.

Fully vaccinated inbound passengers from these areas need just provide their online contact tracing registration, vaccination card, and valid personal identity (ID) card, according to EO 3.

They must also submit to symptom screening at the point of entrance and adhere to current public health minimal criteria.

Unvaccinated people, including those who have only received the first dose of a two-dose vaccine, must provide a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) result obtained from any Department of Health-accredited clinic or laboratory 24 hours prior to boarding at the place of origin.

The new regulations EO 3 removes the requirement for a negative RT-PCR test result for intrazonal and interzonal travel to Bacolod from Section 1 of EO 1 and Paragraph 1 of Section 2 of EO 2.

Meanwhile, regardless of the alert level, all government officials and public sector staff on official business are granted unrestricted access to the city from any location.

They must, however, present a valid ID card issued by their government agency, a vaccination card for those who have been fully vaccinated, an original or certified true copy of their travel order issued by the head of the agency or an authorized supervisor, pass a symptom screening at the airport or seaport upon arrival, and adhere to existing minimum public health standards.

Government officials and workers, both partially vaccinated and unvaccinated, must also present a negative RAT within 24 hours of boarding at their port of origin.

According to the latest data from the Department of Health’s regional office, Bacolod City, which is under Alert Level 3 until January 31, has reported 266 new cases as of Sunday.

A total of 25,674 confirmed cases have been reported in the city, with 1,783 ongoing cases, 23,084 recoveries, and 807 fatalities.

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