Councilor Ganzon proposes new travel rules as city slowly reopens to tourists

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Iloilo City Councilor Rudolf Ganzon has called for changes to travel protocols amid the continued downtrend in new Covid-19 cases.

During the city council’s regular session Tuesday, Ganzon raised concerns on possible issues following the gradual easing of the lockdown restrictions in the metro.

“The impact of Covid-19 is indeed devastating both in the local and national economy. It had greatly affected the tourism industry when most of the tourist destinations had been closed when the border restrictions were implemented. It led to loss of jobs and the closure of businesses. Many were left jobless up to present,” he said. (

Ganzon, also the chairperson of the Committee on Tourism, noted that with the city government’s “aggressive” vaccination drive, businesses and other livelihoods are expected to return to normal.

The tourism industry would also gradually open as Iloilo City eases lockdown policies, he added.

In parallel with these developments, the Ilonggo councilor suggested new travel protocols to ensure safer travel while encouraging economic activity.

These include rules on inter-island travel, human resources, and strict requirement of proof of Covid-19 vaccination.

He pushed for the removal of the S-PASS requirement in traveling to and from Bacolod City and recommended additional manpower to check travelers’ compliance with requirements at the ports of Iloilo.

His third suggestion was to strictly require the national VaxCert or local vaccination certificate from the local government unit of their area of origin.