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DILG reminds LGUs to comply with relaxed travel guidelines

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The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is poised to issue a Memorandum Circular (MC) reminding local government units (LGUs) to comply with relaxed travel requirements.


In a resolution from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), the need for travel authority and a local health certificate was stated to no longer be required for domestic travel.


According to DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, some LGUs are not paying heed to the IATF resolution, and as such the Memorandum Circular will serve as a reminder that consultations were held with the League of Cities, League of Provinces and League of Municipalities, in crafting the new guidelines.


A show-cause order will be issued by the DILG to non-compliant LGUs.
Covid19 testing and quarantine for travelers has also been removed as a requirement, though LGUs may still request test results be shown.


The new guidelines are enacted amidst a recent surge in Covid19 cases thought to be due to the presence of new virus strains in the country.


As of March 17, a total of 635,698 cases have been recorded in the country.


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