IATF Res. 101 provides policies for testing and quarantine and documentary requirement for travel while Res. 106 calls for immediate implementation of PDITR (Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat and Reintegrate/Re-assess) measures in the Cordillera Region, highly urbanized cities and independent component cities of Region III, and Batangas City and Quezon in CALABARZON to limit mobility and minimize delay in case detection, contact tracing and isolation/quarantine.
The RTF – RIATF Joint Resolution No. 2, series of 2021 provides measures that shall be institutionalized and adopted by all local government units in the region. It provides guidelines on interzonal and intrazonal movement of people; the grand rule of wearing facemask and face shield when entering and moving within Cordillera; implementation of IT – based registry of Authorized Person Outside of Residence (APOR) and non – APOR travelers to Cordillera; entry protocol for APOR and non – APOR travelers both from Cordillera and non- Cordillera, and on movement of non – APOR workers within the region.
Generally, the resolution provides unhampered movement of essential cargo and courier services, APORs especially those in frontline essential health care services, government officials and frontline personnel, persons traveling for medical and humanitarian reasons, and those with permitted travel abroad including Overseas Filipino workers.
There are also some restrictions put in place for leisure travels as well as on interzonal movement or entry of workers from outside the region. Visitors from areas under Enhanced Comnunity Quarantine are not also permitted.
The resolution was signed by both RTF Chairperson and Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Albert Mogol and RIATF Chairperson and DILG – CAR OIC Regional Director Araceli San Jose.
Mogol and San Jose, in their statements, expressed gratitude to all the council members and the Cordillera local chief executives for approving the resolution that is much needed in the fight against COVID – 19.
Meanwhile, Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary for Operations Epimaco Densing III, in his message during the emergency meeting over the weekend, outlined the important roles of local chief executives in addressing the current surge of cases and generally in winning the fight against COVID -19.
Densing outlined the need for LCEs to align their local policies with the policies of the national government as set by the IATF especially in putting strict border control, limiting the mobility of people and in enhancing their PDITR strategy.
He also calls on LCEs to strongly inform and convince their people to strictly adhere to the minimum public health standards that remain to be an important tool in preventing the spread of COVID – 19 and in protecting oneself from getting infected while the government is working on the national vaccination and deployment program. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar