Iloilo City Council committee to tackle ordinance restricting movement of unvaxxed

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A committee hearing is scheduled today, January 13, to discuss the proposed ordinance imposing restrictions on unvaccinated residents in Iloilo City, which recently drew mixed reaction from the public.

Last Tuesday, the Iloilo City Council referred the measure to the Committee on Rules, Resolution, Ordinances, Style, Justice and Legal Affairs chaired by Councilor Rommel Duron.

Duron, also the majority floor leader of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP), said the proposed ordinance must be studied and discussed thoroughly. (

The committee hearing aims to gather reactions and feedback of the different sectors in the metro, he added.

Early this week, Mayor Jerry Treñas endorsed the proposed ordinance to the SP amid rising Covid-19 infections in the city.

Based on the draft ordinance, all non-fully vaccinated persons should always remain in their residences except for the procurement of essential goods and services such as, but not limited to, food, water, medicine, medical services, public utilities, and energy, work and medical and dental necessities.

The ordinance also provides that in accessing essential goods or services, non-fully vaccinated persons must present a negative RT-PCR test result taken within the last 72 hours.

They will also be prohibited in indoor and outdoor/al fresco dining in restaurants and other food establishments and barred from leisure or social trips to malls, hotels, event venues, sports and country clubs and similar facilities.

The proposal also imposes a mandatory presentation of vaccination cards with personal IDs in all establishments of Iloilo City.