The provincial government has asked the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to immediately establish COVID-19 rapid testing facilities in Palawan’s various ports of entry, staffed with medical personnel and equipment.
The request has been made through an approved resolution intended for the operation of the Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPIA), other operating airports and seaports in the province of Palawan.
Board Member Ryan Maminta said that it is necessary while areas, including Palawan, remain under quarantine.
“Under the already existing preventive measures, passengers will only be allowed to enter terminals if, aside from the mandatory screening, they possess proper travel documents and equipped with sufficient PPEs,” he said.
Maminta said that it is for the purpose of efficient contract tracing of possible passengers and possible jump-start of the tourism industry.
He said it is also in line with DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade’s push for the reopening of the airports to regular commercial flights under a modified general community quarantine.