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Gov Lacson bares protocols for sea, airport ops

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The number of incoming passengers in seaports shall be based on the available quarantine rooms determined by the Provincial Health Office, Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said.

This is among the protocols set by Lacson for the resumption of sea and airport operation on June 1.

The governor outlined the protocols in a letter to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Maritime Industry Authority (Marina), Philippine Ports Authority, and Philippine Coast Guard.

Lacson said that all incoming passengers shall agree to stay at designated quarantine facilities until they are released based on the results of their Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests. (https://bit.ly/2AXuIGj)

The holding time of passengers shall be from one to two days at the fully operational Molecular Laboratory at Teresita Locsin Jalandoni Provincial Hospital.

Tickets for airlines and sea vessels shall be sold only to persons listed on the Certificate of Acceptance issued by the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental.

Priority shall be given to passengers during the first phase of the “new normal,” such as returning residents of the province, and those working in essential businesses operating during the community quarantine.

Certificates of Acceptance shall be single-use, date-specific, and shall be granted once per month, except for emergency reasons. Incoming passengers are also required to fill out a tourist information and health declaration card before leaving the airport or seaport terminals.

The forms will be collected at the Tourist Information Counter and will be encoded by Negros Occidental Tourism Office representatives.