Treñas allows resumption of Iloilo-Guimaras motorbanca trips


Boat trips from Iloilo City to Guimaras Island and vice versa resumes today, May 22, Mayor Jerry Treñas announced.

“Considering that the EO (executive order) has already been signed and all protocols are in place, all trips from Guimaras to Iloilo City and vice versa will now be allowed,” according to Treñas.

The city mayor issued EO 078 on Thursday mandating the deployment of compliance officers at all seaports and terminals in Iloilo City in compliance with EO 75 or the guidelines of the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) in Iloilo City. (

The order covered all the seaports in Iloilo City particularly the Parola Wharf, Fort San Pedro Wharf, Ortiz Wharf, Iloilo Commercial Port Complex, Iloilo Bacolod Terminal, and Roll-on/Roll-off Wharf.

Under the EO, the compliance officers should ensure that the wearing of face masks and physical distancing (at least one meter apart) are observed. Citation tickets will be issued to violators.

Pursuant to the guidelines of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for areas under GCQ, the passenger capacity in ships and other passenger vessels shall be reduced to 50 percent.

Upon entering port premises and terminals, all individuals must fill-out and accomplish health protocol forms. Mandatory checking of body temperature will also be conducted upon entering the terminal and embarkation of ships.

Port facilities, particularly areas for frontline services such as passenger terminal buildings, port integrated clearing offices, and other areas should also observe physical distancing.

All disinfecting facilities such as foot baths, hand-washing stations with alcohol and/or soap, and sanitation tents will be established at all entrances of terminals, ports, ships, and other passenger vessels.

Upon entry, all vessels shall undergo disinfection procedures.

All seaports in Iloilo City shall be closed for purposes of sanitation and to place and install safety measures except for the following exemptions:

*Travelling essential personnel stated in the previous EO 75

*Essential goods and products as defined by the IATF Revised Omnibus Guidelines;

*Returning repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and non-OFWs provided that they comply with the protocols of Iloilo City.