With declining COVID-19 cases
TACLOBAN CITY-Travelers bound for this city would no longer be required to present any swab test result effective Monday (Nov. 1).
This after City Mayor Alfred Romualdez issued an executive order easing travel restrictions amid the declining number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
In lifting the restrictions among travelers, Romualdez said that this could encourage more visitors to visit Tacloban and in the process, help revive its tourism industry and its economy hard hit by the pandemic.
“Less stringent travel protocols will stimulate and revive a dwindling economy and local tourism and encourage growth of the commercial sector and economic activity of Tacloban City and neighboring municipalities…” Romualdez said.
Under his order as contain under Executive Order number 2021-10-39, aside from travelers, the easing of travel protocols also affects authorized persons outside residence, and returning city residents who will be coming to the city through air, sea, and land travel.
This means that they would no longer be required to have an RT-PCR test and register under the Balik Tacloban project.
However, the same order also make it still mandatory for all to wear facemask and face shield and observe physical distancing in all public places and transportation.
As of Monday, Tacloban has posted just two new cases with 10 new recoveries, report the City Health Office (CHO).
The CHO said that the city has only 119 active cases.
It also announced that out of the city’s 138 barangays, 13 of them have already reached population protection or 70 percent of their respective populace have been fully vaccinated.
More than 80,000 of the entire city residents are now fully vaccinated.
Mayor Romualdez had earlier vowed to achieve herd immunity for Tacloban before the end of this year as he ordered for massive vaccination roll-out by putting up additional vaccination centers aside from its regular sites and mobile vaccination teams.
The city government is also readying its inoculation campaign from 12 years old up to 17 years old. (JOEY A. GABIETA)