BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The possible increase of flights from Manila-Bacolod-Manila did not get the support of Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson as of this time, despite downgrading of the National Capital Regionalert level.
Until we can see that the (COVID-19) positivity rate at the National Capital Region is going down further, I prefer to just maintain the status of flights, Lacson said.
At present, each airline company plying the Manila-Bacolod-Manila is allowed to one flight per day, while Cebu-Bacolod-Cebu flights are also limited to one flight per airline per week.
While they reduced the alert level at NCR, the positivity rate still more than 20 percent, as reported by the Department of Health, which is above the standard of 5 percent set by the World Health Organization, Lacson said.
The provincial government of Negros Occidental is offering free swab upon arrival either at the airports and seaports of the province, for inbound travelers who cannot afford or secure negative antigen results from their point of origin.
But Lacson said that inbound travelers should manifest their intention in their respective S-PaSS. He added that they are also accepting negative antigen or RT-PCR test results.
Negros Occidental and highly-urbanized Bacolod City are still under Alert Level 3 until February 15.
Negros Occidental, excluding Bacolod City, recorded 3,387 COVID-19 active cases as of Feb. 2, based on reports of the Provincial Incident Management Team.*