Pangasinan sets measures vs COVID surge

By January 9, 2022Top Stories


UNVACCINATED individuals and those with incomplete vaccination will not be allowed entry into Pangasinan, especially if they are coming from the National Capital Region, where COVID-19 infections have soared.

This was one the new measures adopted by the provincial Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) headed by Governor Amado Espino III amid the threat of the highly transmissible Omicron variant that already entered the country.

Governor Espino’s Executive No. 0001-2020 issued on January 5 directs any individual who wants to enter Pangasinan will be required to present his or her valid vaccination card at any border control points in the province.

Further, that any person found violating the new travel restriction will be prosecuted in accordance with Section 9 d and e in relation to Section 10 of  Republic Act No. 11332.

Provincial Information Officer Orpheus Velasco clarified that anyone entering Pangasinan will no longer be required to secure an S-PASS from their intended destination in Pangasinan and will only be required to show their vaccination cards.

However, the town or city destination may impose additional requirements in the entry of travelers originating or passing through areas under Alert Level 3, including Bulacan, Cavite and Rizal.

Velasco said Pangasinan remains under Alert Level 2 despite the fake news that circulated in the social media that the province along with other provinces in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao are now under Alert Level 3.

The Provincial IATF-EID also reverted to the 9  p.m.- 4 a.m. curfew effective immediately.

The E.O. also directed towns and cities to comply with Provincial Resolution No. 314-`2020 that discourages the holding of barangay fiestas and any other big gatherings.

According to Velasco, public transport units in Pangasinan are directed to observe 70 percent maximum passenger capacity and passengers must wear masks, refrain from conversing, making phone calls and eating inside buses and jeepneys.

Meanwhile, Gov, Espino ordered the reactivation of isolation facilities reserved for COVID cases. (Leonardo Micua)

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