Presidential entrepreneurship adviser Joey Concepcion announced that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) may rescind the quarantine for returning Filipinos and foreigners from North America. The move is proposed in a bid to revive the airline industry bounce back.
“We hope that the IATF would agree to our suggestion to allow no quarantine for travelers from North America as this would encourage returning Filipinos and other visitors to travel to the Philippines and to be with their loved ones,” Concepcion said.
According to Concepcion, North America is a big help to the aviation industry and the approval of the proposal to nix quarantine requirements would allow them to recover losses incurred due to the lockdowns.
“If we can implement this regulation immediately, it would also be a happy Christmas for our airline industry as many Filipinos and other visitors would pack their bags and return to the Philippines and celebrate Christmas here with loved ones who they haven’t seen for a long time,” Concepcion pointed out.
He added that increased inbound traffic would also help the economy, specifically micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
The Go Negosyo founder had also been in talks with IATF adviser Dr. Edsel Salvana regarding doing away with requiring RT-PCR tests for travel to local destinations and long quarantine periods for international passengers.
Concepcion and flag-carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) also presented their plan to pilot-test the no-quarantine policy for visitors from North America to OCTA Research members, foreign affairs department chief Teodoro Locsin, Jr., transportation secretary Arthur Tugade and Philippine ambassador to the United States Jose Romualdez.
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