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Bacolod City eases protocols on LSIs

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III

Locally stranded individuals will no longer be required to submit medical certificates and travel authority before returning to Bacolod City, Dr. Chris Sorongon, confirmed yesterday.

Sorongon, who is the deputy for data and medical analysis of the Emergency Operations Center, said that this is based on the guideline of the National Inter-Agency Task Force Resolution 101.

He said that Bacolod and the provincial government of Negros Occidental may come up with a uniform protocol on returning LSIs soon.

But Sorongon stressed that LSIs are still required to take the Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test to clear them from Covid 19 two days before their arrival in Bacolod or in any area of the province.

Bacolod residents also need to register with the baCTrak before they are allowed entry to the city.

Sorongon said the use of the Safe, Swift and Smart Passage Travel and mobility management system (S-PaSS) and the StaySafe.ph, a one-stop-shop app for all travelers will also be required.

Developed by the Department of Science and Technology in Region 6, S-PaSS is a QR-coded travel management system primarily intend to make a hassle-free journey for LSIs, returning overseas Filipinos, emergency travelers, and other travelers during this pandemic.

It is also meant to benefit not only the travelers but also the authorities in monitoring the movement of people in different locations to prevent the spread of Covid-19.*

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