S-PaSS still required for NegOcc-bound travelers: Lacson

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The provincial government of Negros Occidental would only lift the S-PaSS requirement for travelers once the World Health Organization declares the Covid-19 pandemic over, Governor Eugenio Lacson said.

Lacson said even airline companies appreciated the use of S-PaSS because they would no longer validate or authenticate the Covid-19 vaccine card and certificates, or RT-PCR test.

“What is important is that the provincial government recognizes that our status has gone down to Alert Level 2, both the city and the province. Because of that, the provincial government has allowed an increase in flights from the previous six flights a week to 21 flights a week,” the governor also said. (

On Monday, officials from the provincial government and the city government of Bacolod engaged in a verbal exchange after Bacolod lifted the S-PaSS requirement for city-bound passengers at the Bacolod-Silay Airport.

The capitol questioned the legality of the executive order, citing the government’s Covid-19 task force’s policy that travelers cannot disregard the protocols of local government units they are passing through.

The airport is located in Silay City, which is under the jurisdiction of the provincial government.