Iligan requires vax cards from visitors

By : Uriel Quilinguing Mindanao Today/01:00:23pm 08/11/2021


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – An executive order requiring visitors and returning residents of Iligan to present their coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccination cards took effect Tuesday, Aug. 10, a day after its issuance by the city chief executive.

But the same directive allows the movement within the city or entry to public and private establishments of senior citizens, if fully vaccinated and compliant with minimum public health standards (MPHS) – face covers, hand hygiene, and safe-distancing.

This, amid threats of Covid-19 delta variant transmission and despite the city’s heightened modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) that begun last Aug. 1, as mandated by Resolution No. 130-A from Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases that was issued July 29, this year.

Mayor Celso G. Regencia issued Executive Order No. 192 on the day the city logged 16 new infections that swelled the Covid-19 active cases to 147, including the 69 who manifested either severe or critical symptoms.

“Non-residents within the region entering Iligan City for purposes of procuring essential goods and accessing basic services shall be required to present valid identification card(s) and vaccination card(s),” Section 9 of E.O. 192 states.

This provision prevents the entry of residents from nearby Lanao del Sur and Marawi City which are administratively under the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

Further, the same section provides that “Residents within the region re-entering Iligan City within the same period may be accommodated at a fast lane upon presentation of full Covid-19 vaccination card.”

Section 2 of the said E.O. also stipulates that senior citizens, 60 years old and above, can move freely within the city and be allowed entry in public and private establishments, as long as the MPHS are observed, and upon presentation of Covid-19 vaccination card.

The vaccination card must indicate full inoculation, if not a Certificate of Complete Coviod-19 Vaccination (CCCV) from the Department of Information and Communication Technology, or from the local health office.

As of Aug. 4, the Department of Health 10 reported that 418,250 residents of Northern Mindanao region have been fully vaccinated-- barely 8.3% of the 2020 regional population of 5,022,768.

Iligan’s Emergency Operations Center on Covid-19 response remains focused on 10 barangays: Dalipuga, Del Carmen, Hinaplanon, Luinab, Palao, San Miguel, Suarez, Tipanoy, Tomas Cabili, and Tubod – all with multiple active cases, mostly from local transmissions.

As of Monday, Aug. 9, Iligan has 2,904 confirmed Covid-19 cases since the pandemic begun March last year; 2,562 had been cleared from infections but 195 had succumbed to the disease.

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