NegOcc keeping travel protocols despite new gov’t directive


Despite a national directive on the uniformity of protocols, the provincial government of Negros Occidental will still impose its coronavirus disease (Covid-19) protocols for travelers.

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said the uniform travel protocols for all local government units (LGUs) were “somewhat contradictory” as it still gave LGUs the “power to impose reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction tests prior to a person’s travel.”

“When travelers arrive they’ll be tested and quarantined,” said Lacson. (

“I hope the Negrenses will cooperate. This is for their own good,” he added.

Lacson stressed the importance of testing travelers, noting that the recent spike in Covid-19 cases in the province was “due to persons from outside Negros Occidental, particularly the locally stranded individuals and authorized persons outside of residence.”

Under the uniform travel protocols, travelers would no longer be required to undergo reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction testing and quarantine unless the LGU of destination requires such.