'No need for travel pass' Tagaytay remains open for visitors
Sept. 18, 2020
The borders of Tagaytay City remain open to visitors from other parts of Cavite province amidst the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Engr. Gregorio Monreal, city administrator of Tagaytay, made the clarification on Thursday, September 17, after Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla warned people against visiting the tourist hot-spot.
Monreal said that Cavitenos do not need a travel authority or a travel pass to enter Tagaytay.
Checkpoints, however, will bar the entry of people with ages below 21 years old, senior citizens, pregnant women, and patients suffering from immunodeficiency or comorbidity.
Monreal cited the amended Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines, which the Inter-Agency Task Force For the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases issued on July 16.
A provision under Section 7 of the amended Omnibus Guidelines states that ‘the movement of persons for any purpose across areas placed under (modified general community quarantine) and areas where no community quarantine is in place shall be permitted, but insofar as tourism travel is concerned, the same may still be subject to regulations of the (local government unit)’.
“Sinang-ayunan ng regional inter-agency task force yung aming interpretation doon sa omnibus guidelines na kapag modified general (community) quarantine na yung ating status ay hindi na kailangan ng travel pass para pumunta sa MGCQ area, ” Monreal said during an interview with DZRH.
“ Hindi namin hinihingi yung travel pass kapag nasa boundary na namin kasi nirerespeto namin yung travel rights nila bilang bisita namin, ” he added.
As of September 1, the whole province of Cavite has been placed under MGCQ status.
Remulla also clarified on Thursday that Tagaytay remains open to visitors, and apologized for issuing a travel warning.
“ On behalf of the Cavite Provincial Government, I would like to apologize for the hasty decision to issue a travel warning to Tagaytay City last September 15, ” the governor said in a Facebook post.
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