By Rey Anthony Chiu/PIA-Bohol | 11:34 AM September 03, 2021
Amidst a still uncontrolled local transmission of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and the reported presence of the even more virulent Delta variant, Governor Arthur Yap lifted the month-long suspension of air and sea travel to Bohol effective 12:01 of September 1, 2021.
With the lifting of the travel ban, it means homing Bohol residents who have been stranded elsewhere, and even tourists and leisure travelers can now process their re-entry or entry to Bohol.
Through Executive Order No. 42 (EO No. 42) series of 2021 and signed by the governor August 30, 2021, the governor, upon recommendation of Bohol mayors, Inter Agency Task Force, Provincial Tourism Council officials, representatives of the Bohol Association of Hotels Resorts and Restaurants and the Department of Interior and Local Government, acted on the move but directed the Philippine National Police and Barangay Officials to ensure strict implementation of the provisions of the order.
It may be recalled that last Aug 2, the governor issued EO No. 37 series of 2021 directing a two-week suspension of inbound air and sea travel of passengers from August 6 to Aug 20.
The EO however did not include domestic sea and air travel of cargoes and authorized persons outside residence (APOR) or those on very essential travel.
As the EO No 37 lapsed, EO No. 40 series of 2021 took effect which extended the inbound travel ban until Aug 31, 2021.
As the latest EO No 40 was about to go ineffective, the governor met with Bohol stakeholders who still recommended the lifting of the inbound travel ban to Bohol and keeping the 5 days of quarantine protocols as detailed in the early EO No 37, specifically the quarantine protocols for arriving Overseas Filipino Workers.
So as not to compromise Bohol with the possible entry of more Covid carriers, the EO No 42 also included testing and quarantine protocols for non-APORS.
In Section 2 of the new order, it said non-APORs need to present a valid “negative of the virus” test results via swab analysis Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) or negative test result for saliva PCR, the swab samples taken not more than 72 hours prior to departure to Bohol.
According to Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Officer Anthony Damalerio, the traveler also needs to register at the s-pass.ph and get an approved travel pass before getting to the ports for travel to Bohol.
The approved travel pass through the s-pass.ph assures the incoming traveler a space in the LGU temporary monitoring and treatment facility (TMTF) or at least vehicle transfer from the airport to a the TMTF, hotel quarantine as approved by the Department of Tourism and or home quarantine as approved by the Rural Health Unit and the local AITF.
Upon arrival here, the arriving traveler would be quarantined for five days.
On the fifth day of quarantine, the traveler undergoes repeat RT-PCR Test and only when the result is negative, can the traveler be released.
In case when the quarantined traveler’s retest results turn out positive, he will continue his quarantine and can only go home after his test results yield negative for Covid.
The new EO also puts up anew the provincewide partial liquor ban as provided under Executive Order No. 17, Series of 2020, dated 24 March 2020.
Here, selling, furnishing, offering, buying, serving or taking alcoholic drinks and beverages, anywhere in Bohol is prohibited unless these are bought for home consumption or in private premises; only by dwellers of the same house and no other person from another house joins them.
The EO also prohibits a drunk person to go out of their homes. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)