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Cargo delivery exempt from travel ban in Region VI

  • Drivers and helpers of rolling cargoes as well as the transport of essential goods, such as food and medical supplies, military aid, and relief efforts may pass unhampered in Region VI
  • Region VI has temporarily suspended inbound travel from Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, Cebu City and Davao City from April 4 to 10
  • The suspension covers returning residents, tourists, Authorized Persons Outside of their Residences, returning overseas Filipinos, and overseas Filipino workers

The request of Region VI to temporarily suspend inbound travel from Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, Cebu City and Davao City for one week from April 4 to 10 has been approved.

The restriction does not cover the transport of essential goods, such as food and medical supplies, military aid, and relief efforts, and neither does it include drivers and helpers accompanying rolling cargoes.

In a separate advisory, Cebu Port Authority said movement and delivery of cargoes and supplies will remain unhampered.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) approved the request in a meeting on April 3, according to a joint advisory issued by agencies under the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

The suspension of inbound travel from these areas includes returning residents, tourists, Authorized Persons Outside of their Residences, returning overseas Filipinos, and overseas Filipino workers.

Region VI, or Western Visayas, includes Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, and Iloilo.

Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna are back under enhanced community quarantine, which was initially for March 29 to April 4 only, but was later extended until April 11 amidst the surge in COVID-19 cases.

READ: Metro Manila, 4 provinces in ECQ for another week

Cebu City and Davao City are under the less strict modified general community quarantine.

Under IATF omnibus guidelines, the logistics sector is allowed to operate at full capacity through any form of quarantine.

Within and across areas placed under any form of quarantine, movement of all types of cargoes via land, air, and sea should remain unhampered. Likewise, workers in the logistics sector, such as cargo, trucking, courier delivery and port operations, should be allowed to transit across areas placed under any kind of quarantine.

All local government units (LGU) must strictly abide by this national policy, which only allows up to five personnel to operate cargo and delivery vehicles by land, with or without load.

LGUs and local health units are also enjoined not to issue orders contrary to or inconsistent with said directive. – Roumina Pablo

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