Residents of other provinces in Western Visayas cannot enter Iloilo in the meantime, as Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. confirmed on Wednesday that he will once again order the closure of travel between Iloilo and its neighbors in the region during the renewed Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) period.
The province is closing its borders to non-essential travel of residents from Aklan, Antique, Capiz and Negros Occidental from July 1 to 15, but may be lifted at any time before the end of the MGCQ period.
Transportation of cargo and supplies to the province and Iloilo City is exempted from the border restrictions.
In a phone interview, Defensor told Daily Guardian that this was to provide the national government ample time and space to “straighten up” their guidelines.
The governor cited the suspension of the repatriation of Locally-Stranded Individuals (LSI) and the regulation of travel of Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APOR).
“We are closing the borders subject to the basic exceptions, including Negros, for the duration of the MGCQ, but it can be lifted once we have straightened our concerns with the national government.
We have some insecurity with some ports of destination like Luzon and Cebu and national government issuances like the suspension of LSI trips and rules APOR travel,” Defensor said.
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