Lapu-Lapu City is ready to welcome arriving foreign nationals provided that the foreigners have been fully vaccinated and have negative RT-PCR test results 72 hours before their arrival.
Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan said his city welcomes foreign nationals in compliance with the newly-issued IATF Resolution No. 113, which allows foreigners to enter the country provided, among other conditions, that they have a valid visa, pre-booked accommodation for at least seven nights in an accredited hotel or facility.
Foreign nationals who have been vaccinated but have not undergone the RT-PCR test will be tested upon arrival, the mayor explained.
The city will also adopt the policy of Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia for incoming overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
“Same with the stance of Gov. Gwen, Filipino workers living abroad who want to go home, visit their families, or want to have their vacation here, once tested negative they can go home,” the mayor said.
Chan himself wrote a letter to Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III requesting the latter to allow the entry of foreign tourists in the city in order to revive the economy of the city being the prime tourists destination in the country.
Last Monday, Governor Garcia said the province will continue to impose its policy of testing returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) for Covid-19 upon arrival and that the duration of their hotel bookings would only be until their swab results come out.
This was the governor’s reaction to IATF purportedly wanting to go back to the “repressive” quarantine policies for returning OFWs and ROFs by imposing a “whole-of-nation” approach against the coronavirus diseases 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
“I take a position, as governor of the Province of Cebu, elected by the Cebuanos and given the responsibility to look after their welfare, I am invoking Section 105 of the Local Government Code. This is not to say that we will not listen to the (DOH’s) recommendations, but any imposition will have to be with the concurrence of the Province of Cebu,” Garcia said. – CebuNews.ph