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By: Mylen Manto | Published Friday, June 5, 2020
Following a consultative meeting with representatives of local airline carriers and GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), Gov. Gwen Garcia issued EO 17-E setting the guidelines to be followed by incoming passengers once domestic flights resume at the Mactan Cebu International Airport. (Lito Tecson)

Those from other provinces of the country allowed to travel during the community quarantine period who wants to come to Cebu must bring necessary documentary requirements such as certifications, proofs of employment, and confirmed roundtrip flight ticket.

All aircraft carrier operators must also ensure hand sanitizers and disinfectants are available at check-in counters and other conspicuous places and provide face masks if needed.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia issued Executive Order (EO) No. 17-E on Tuesday, June 2 defining protocols to be observed in the airports for domestic passengers arriving in the Province of Cebu who are not Locally Stranded Individuals (LSI) or Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).

Protocols for LSIs and OFWs have already been in place following Garcia’s previously-issued EOs.

“Kung mu-travel sa Cebu tungod duna kay trabaho, medical or humanitarian reasons, dunay negosyo nga imung atimanon duna ta’y mga certificates nga kinahanglan i-present,” Garcia explained.

Documentary requirements

Health and emergency frontline service personnel shall present their Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) license, official identification (ID) card, hospital ID card, or any other proof of their occupation, and confirmed roundtrip ticket.

Government officials and frontline personnel must present their official ID card and confirmed roundtrip ticket.

Those travelling to Cebu for permitted work must present their company ID card and a certificate of employment stating their affiliation to the company, a certification from the Cebu Provincial Government, and confirmed roundtrip ticket.

Persons traveling for medical reasons must present a certificate from the mayor of the local government unit (LGU) having jurisdiction over his or her residence as well as a medical certificate, certification from the provincial government of Cebu and confirmed roundtrip ticket.

Persons travelling for humanitarian reasons must have certification from the Cebu Provincial Government and confirmed roundtrip ticket.

Owners of business establishments permitted to operate in Cebu must present a certification from the Capitol and confirmed roundtrip ticket.

Persons travelling to Cebu for connecting international flights have to show the confirmed plane tickets and proof of their residence or work abroad.

Professionals must present proof of their profession and a document reflecting the purpose of their travel along with the Capitol-issued certification.

Persons not covered by the EO who need to travel to Cebu may be issued a certification by the Capitol.

The Capitol certification will be issued within 24 hours from submission of the complete applicable documents.

Garcia said person with incomplete documents and those who show Covid-19 symptoms shall not be allowed to board the aircraft. 

While en route to Cebu, passengers shall be required to fill up a Passenger Personal Heath Declaration Form (PPHDF) which will be collected in-flight by designated airline personnel and turned over to the Department of Health (DOH) and the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) in Cebu.

If a passenger shows any of the Covid-19 symptoms while on flight, he or she shall be isolated at the tail end of the aircraft and be last to deplane. Upon arrival, he or she shall be accompanied to the designated holding area by ground personnel and turned over to the BOQ for assessment. 

Garcia asked aircraft operators to submit regular report reflecting the number of passengers entering Cebu with the dates of their return back to their point of origin.

Leisure travel is still strictly prohibited.

EO 17-E came about after the governor’s consultative meeting with the representatives of local airline carriers and GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) on Monday, June 1 to establish guidelines for arriving passengers once domestic flights at the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) resume.

Airport laboratory

Meanwhile, GMCAC Chief Executive Advisor Andrew Harrison told the governor that their Covid-19 testing laboratory can process about a maximum of 2,000 swab samples per day for arriving OFWs and LSIs. 

In previous meetings, the airport operator chief said this laboratory can help decrease the backlog of OFWs in Manila awaiting repatriation and create a momentum for Cebu’s economy once international flights arrive.

MCIA is the first airport in the country to have a Covid-19 testing laboratory. Test results from the airport laboratory will be available after 24 hours. (Mylen Manto)