Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo stressed that the decision of the City’s Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases to require negative RT-PCR Test result and Certificate of Acceptance for Locally Stranded Individuals, OFWs, Returning Overseas Filipino Workers and other returning residents is geared toward preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our locality.

It is clarified that there is no ban on returning residents, LSIs, ROFs or APORs they are just expected to follow local health protocols in order to lower or prevent the risk of COVID-19 contamination.

All returning residents are urged to coordinate with the City Tourism Office so they would be properly documented, given appropriate accommodation and ensure prudent deployment of health care personnel to ensure an orderly and secure arrival.

The City Tourism Office adds that RT-PCR tests are:

For OFWs – it is automatically done by OWWA.

For ROFs – it is automatically done by the National IATF upon entry into the Philippines

For LSIs flying in – there are only sweeper flights, so far, and inbound list are validated by all LGUs. Hence, passengers are informed in advance.

FOR OTHER LSIs – they have registered with the Dumaguete LGU since April and are emailed or called out to be informed of local health protocols.

At the moment, the Philippine Coast Guard has totally suspended transport of Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) bound for Region 6 (Western Visayas), Region 7 (Central Visayas), Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) and CARAGA Region.

Also, DILG Region 7 Director Leocadio T. Trovela, in an advisory dated June 19, 2020 imposed a temporary travel ban on Locally Stranded Individuals coming from or going to Cebu City, which is under Enhanced Community Quarantine.

On the other hand, the Philippine National Police Directorate for Operations in Camp Crame also issued a Memorandum suspending the issuance of Travel Authority for individuals traveling to and from Cebu City and to and from Talisay City.

To date, the City Government has not received notice that the travel bans have been lifted.