NAGA CITY, Aug. 11 (PIA) - With the count of COVID-19 infected individual reaching to more than a hundred here, City Mayor Nelson S. Legacion decided to slide back to the original requirement of requiring returning individuals to secure a Letter of Acceptance first before being allowed to enter the city's border.
In a press statement issued by the City Events, Protocol and Public Information Office (CEPPIO) thru Allen Reondanga, CEPPIO Chief, all individuals travelling to Naga City from other areas outside of the Bicol Region, particularly from areas considered as COVID hotspots, shall coordinate with the city first.
In the new directive, all returning individuals to Naga shall coordinate with the city authorities and secure a letter of acceptance from the Health Emergency Response Task Force (HERTF).
"This letter will be required upon the individual's entry not just at the border control but also upon their arrival at the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum Holding Facility. They also have to present their medical certificate, barangay clearance, scanned valid identification card and travel authority. This is applicable to locally stranded individuals, Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR), returning residents and visiting persons," Reondanga explained.
For Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs), they have to submit their scanned medical certificate, scanned verification from the Bureau of Quarantine with negative COVID-19 RT-PCR result and scanned valid identification card.
Application for the letter of acceptance should be at least 5 days prior to travel date.
For persons from cities/ municipalities within the Bicol region outside the province of Camarines Sur, the letter of acceptance is not required, however they still ned to secure a COVID Shield Travel Authority and health certificate from their place of origin. These documents will be presented at the border control.
"For persons from Iriga City and municipalities within the province of Camarines Sur, valid identification card will suffice," Reondanga said.
Naga City's 114 positive COVID cases were registed in 24 of the city's 27 barangays, namely: Abella - 4 Bagumbayan Norte - 2 Bagumbayan Sur - 3 Balatas - 1 Calauag - 3 Cararayan - 3 Carolina - 2 Concepcion Grande - 10 Concepcion Pequena - 37 Dayangdang - 9 Del Rosario - 3 Igualdad - 3 Mabolo - 2 Pacol - 6 Panicuason - 1 Penafrancia - 4 Sabang - 1 San Felipe - 3 San Francisco - 1 San Isidro - 1 Santa Cruz - 1 Tabuco - 8 Tinago - 1 Triangulo - 4 - 1 Cararayan.
Barangays Dinaga, Lerma and Liboton, remain COVID-free as of press time. (LSMacatangay, with reports from CEPPIO-Naga- PIAV/Camarines Sur)