Provincial government chief executive Ceasar Sammy Magbanua



Persons invited by local government units (LGUs) to Palawan availing of modified commercial flights may or may not go through a 14-day quarantine, depending on the specific protocols of the cities or towns that will host them.

This was the clarification by Capitol chief of staff Ceasar Sammy Magbanua during the Alerto Palaweno press briefing on Thursday.

Magbanua was referring to the inclusion of invited individuals among persons currently allowed to travel to Palawan apart from returning OFWs and stranded residents or LSIs.

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“Depende sa LGU na mag-i-invite sa kanila [kung ika-quarantine], pero kailangan pa rin ng medical clearance,” Magbanua said.

While most LGUs, including Puerto Princesa City, requires all incoming locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to submit to a 14-day quarantine in a designated facility, the provincial government’s position is to exempt individuals traveling on official invitation.

Magbanua underscored the importance of allowing certain individuals, especially prospective investors, access to the province so long as they have medical clearances.

“Ito ay ang mga prospective investors. Kasi alam naman natin na ang mga negosyante, sa ganitong klase ng krisis, ay mayroon ding opportunity,” Magbanua said. “Siguro dahil gusto nilang sa mas mababang mga presyo ng mga real estate.”

“Ni-raise ito sa meeting ng IATF. Sa kanilang punto de vista ay dapat hindi na nga. Kaya nga sila narito para makapagsilbi sa ating mga kababayan. Pero depende talaga sa mga LGU kung ano ang mga health protocol na ini-implement,” said Magbanua.

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