Treñas reopens border to travelers from Bacolod, Negros


Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas has lifted the travel restrictions from Iloilo to Negros Island.

Treñas, however, vowed to strictly enforce minimum health standards, safety protocols, and the use of health declaration cards to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

“As we open (our maritime) borders, we request everyone’s cooperation and discipline to avoid possible viral transmission. Stay safe,” he also said. (

On the other hand, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia is expected to issue an executive order today containing guidelines for the resumption of travel to Iloilo City.

It was in late July when Treñas banned sea travel due to a significant spike of Covid-19 cases in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental.

In his Executive Order No. 167 issued Tuesday, Treñas cited the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases. It permits the movement of persons from general community quarantine (GCQ) to modified GCQ or no quarantine areas and vice versa – except for leisure purposes.

The mayor also wrote the Philippine Coast Guard, Maritime Industry Authority and the Philippine Ports Authority a letter expressing his intention to allow the resumption of sea travel.