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IATF to enforce uniform travel protocols 

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The Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 approved uniform travel protocols across all local government units, easing quarantine and documentary requirements, according to a report by CNN Philippines.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced in an online media briefing on Saturday that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases gave the green light to the rules on land, air, and sea travel crafted by the Department of Interior and Local Government in coordination with LGU groups.

LGUs previously imposed varying requirements, including a negative swab test result, other documents, and mandatory quarantine, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Under the IATF Resolution No. 101, travelers still have to undergo COVID-19 testing if required by the LGU of their destination – the provincial government, and authorities of highly urbanized cities and independent component cities. In which case, only a reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction or RT-PCR test will be honored.

But travelers can no longer be compelled to go on quarantine unless they exhibit symptoms upon arriving at their destination. They are also no longer required to secure a travel authority from the police’s Joint Task Force COVID Shield, even health certificates prior to their trip.

“Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APORs) from national government agencies and their attached agencies must provide their identification card, travel order, and travel itinerary, and must pass symptom-screening at ports of entry and exit,” the IATF added.

The task force stressed that minimum public health standards should be strictly implemented. Clinical and exposure assessment shall be done to ensure that only asymptomatic travelers, and those who did not have close contact with COVID-19 patients, can enter the LGUs.

"Health assessment of passengers, supervised by medical doctors, shall be mandatory upon entry in the port/terminal and exit at point of destination," the IATF stressed.


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