The implementation of the 14-day quarantine for travelers entering Romblon province has been extended until July 15, based on the approved order of the regional pandemic task force.
It was previously implemented until June 15 at the request of Governor Jose Riano and several other mayors in the province.
It allegedly aims to control the rising number of COVID-19 cases.
Overseas Filipino workers who have completed quarantine and carry a quarantine certificate do not have to go through this.
Authorized persons outside residence (APOR) who stay in Romblon for no more than 14 days are also exempted, especially those who monitor, supervise, and augment COVID-19 vaccines.
According to Mayor Lisette Arboleda of Looc town, the 14-day quarantine could not be completed, if one is subjected to a swab test on the 6th day and it turns out to be negative.
“Dun po sa may gusto na mag-waive po ng kanilang, para ma-shortened yung kanilang 14-days quarantine, pwede pong magpa-swab test pagdating po dito sa ikaanim na araw. On the 6th day po ng pag-quarantine, yun po yung pwede, magaantay lang ng results. Once na lumabas na ang negative result, pwede na po silang umuwi, kasi dito naman nagpa-swab. Pero po, kailangan nyo po yung sabihin sa Barangay na kayo po ay maga-undergo ng swab test kasi kailangan pong ihiwalay din po ng facility yung mag-undergo po ng swab test pagdating dito,” Arboleda said in a radio interview.
Mandatory 14-day quarantine in Romblon extended until July 15
They also have to pay more than P5,000 because the testing will be conducted under the Red Cross.
Currently, based on the records of the Department of Health Mimaropa, there are 178 active cases of COVID-19 in Romblon.
The number of active cases in Mimaropa is 1,310. As many as 11,954 people have contracted COVID-19 in the region, 272 have died, while 10,255 have recovered.
Romblon is included in the areas under modified general community quarantine until June 30, under the order of President Rodrigo Duterte.