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By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Tuesday, June 2, 2020
With the entire Cebu island under General Community Quarantine, Cebu Province further eases up its border controls allowing workers, business owners, and persons allowed to travel abroad to cross the borders between Cebu City. To cross, they just have to present proofs of employment, business ownership, and confirmed flights. (Junjie Mendoza/File Photo)

Starting Wednesday, June 3, workers, business owners, permitted professionals, and persons allowed to travel abroad can cross the borders between Cebu Province and Cebu City.

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia issued Executive Order (EO) No. 17-D re-defining the Province’s border restrictions as the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) placed the entire island, including the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu and Talisay, to General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

Under EO 17-D, health and emergency frontline service personnel, government officials and frontline personnel, persons traveling for medical or humanitarian reasons, persons allowed to travel abroad, workers, business owners, and other professionals in permitted professions will be allowed to enter Cebu Province.

Since a community quarantine is still in place, border checkpoints will remain and persons allowed to cross must present documentary requirements such as identification (ID) cards, proof of employment, and the like.

Checkpoints are located in the provincial borders in Mandaue City in the North, Talisay City in the South, Balamban town in the West, and Cordova town in Mactan Island.

Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) license, official ID card, hospital ID card, or any other proof of occupation will be required from health and emergency frontline service personnel while government officials and personnel must present their office ID cards.

Those travelling for medical or humanitarian reasons must present a medical certificate and a certificate issued by the mayor of the town or city where he or she resides.

Confirmed flight tickets must be presented for those going to the airport who are allowed to travel abroad. 

Workers in Cebu City with home residence in the Province must present their company ID cards and a certificate of employment from their employer stating that they are still connected with the company.

Business owners who are Cebu Province residents, and whose business establishments in Cebu City are allowed to operate, will be required of their proof of business ownership such as Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) registration or Mayors Permit at checkpoints.

Other professionals in permitted professions have to present proof of their profession and a document reflecting the purpose of their travel.

Those not covered by EO 17-D who need to travel to Cebu City must secure an authority to travel from the Mayor of the local government unit where their residence is located.

Meanwhile, those from Cebu City who are not included in the EO but need to travel to the Province must secure a travel authority from the Cebu Provincial Government.

The authority to travel is valid for one day only but may be extended if needed. The written approval of the Mayor or the travel authority from the Capitol must be at the checkpoint.

Exceptions also include other persons transported through the efforts of the national government upon observance of the necessary quarantine protocols and with the concurrence of the receiving LGUs such as Locally Stranded Individuals (LSI) and Overseas Filipino Workers. (Eleanor Valeros)