By Marisol Bo-oc | 03:53 PM November 04, 2021
Bohol 2nd district Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado urged Gov. Arthur Yap to scrap the mandatory S-PASS registration in entering Bohol province.
In his video message, Aumentado reiterated his appeal to Yap to abolish the mandatory S-PASS or the safe, swift and smart passage registration in entering Bohol for the convenience of travelers particularly returning Boholanos.
He said the lack of S-PASS counters often results in a large number of stranded passengers at the ports and other entry points.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) developed the S-PASS, as well as its S-PASS mobile app to provide better user experience to travelers and local government unit (LGU) users.
“Dili puydi na hatagan nato og kalisod ang atong mga kaigsuonan. Dako nakong kalipay sa DOST sa ilang pagpaambit sa maong technology pero karong panahona na kita nag-atubang sa pandemya labina sa atong kaigsuonan na wala pa gyud mahiluna karong panahuna na unta naa sila sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka panimalay ug pamilya,” he said.
“Unta tangtangun ang S-PASS kay maoy nakahatag og kahasol nga sila dili makauli pagdali sa atong probinsya sa Bohol,” he said.
Aumentado explained he had received numerous complaints from returning Boholanos about the difficulty of securing the S-PASS.
“Dili suheto ug dili updated ilang cellphone nga maka-access sa maong S-PASS,” he added.
Yap thru his Executive Order No. 52-B said
that fully vaccinated persons who would like to go to Bohol will need only a vaccination card, government-issued identification card and S-PASS.
For those unvaccinated or partially unvaccinated individuals, they must present a negative swab test result taken 72 hours before departure government-issued ID and approved S-PASS.
The same order said that vaccinated travelers can travel even with a pending S-PASS, which is needed but only for purposes of registration and monitoring of arrivals of travelers.
Other provinces and cities no longer required travelers to register with the S-PASS. The latest is Negros Oriental which scrapped the S-PASS requirement last Nov. 1.