September 24, 2021

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Albay imposes strict border controls; fully vaccinated individuals must also present papers

Albay border control checkpoint. File photo MPS Libon, Albay

Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara ordered stricter border controls for travellers entering the province, from outside the region and from within the region.

Travellers, who are fully vaccinated, not fully vaccinated, and to be vaccinated, are required to present travel pass before entering Albay.

Food and non-food delivery vehicles entering the province must follow protocols and to present negative test results.

The new order, Executive Order no. 25, has become effective starting Tuesday noon, August 3 2021 until lifted.

Highlights of EO 25:

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS.

A. Travel within the Region.

All travelers including Authorized Persons Outside Their Residences (APOR), whether fully vaccinated, not fully vaccinated or are yet to be vaccinated, upon entering the borders of the Province of Albay, shall present a travel pass which is effective only for 24 hours from the province, municipality or city where he/she resides, to be issued by the Provincial/City/Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer (DRRMO).

In case the travel duration lapsed beyond the 24-hour period, a negative result of Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) Test/Saliva Test/Antigen Test shall be required.

B. Travel from outside of the Region

All travelers, including Authorized Persons Outside Their Residences (APOR), whether fully vaccinated, not fully vaccinated or are yet to be vaccinated, upon entering the borders of the Province of Albay, shall present a negative result of Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) Test/Saliva Test/Antigen Test which shall be valid only within 3 days from the date of issuance of the duly Department of Health (DOH) accredited facilities.

C. Travel By Land, Sea and Air

Airplanes, sea vessels, buses and other land vehicles shall continue their operations, strictly following their protocols set forth by the guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) and other relevant issuances such as Executive Order No. 8-1, specifically Section 4 wherein negative RT-PCR Test/Antigen/Saliva Test shall be presented at the borders and compliance to protocols issued by the Philippine Ports Authority, Aviation Management and land terminals.

D. Transport of Essential Goods

All drivers and crews of vans/trucks/cargoes carrying essential goods (food or non-food) shall be required to present a negative result of Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) Test/Saliva Test/Antigen Test effective August 10, 2021.

BORDER MANNING

Municipalities with border checkpoints shall provide a team to support the Philippine National Police (PNP) at the borders.

VIOLATION

Any person, companies, unauthorized/colorum public and private vehicles who violate this Order shall be liable for Falsification of Public Documents under the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines.

EFFECTIVITY

This order takes effect immediately starting 12:00 noon of August 3, 2021 until lifted.