Gov’t Officials Exempt From Testing, Quarantine For Work Travels – Roque

Gov’t Officials Exempt From Testing, Quarantine Imposed By Gov’t Itself

GOV’T OFFICIALS EXEMPT FROM TESTING – Government officials and employees that require travel for work no longer need to be tested and quarantined.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the IATF approved the “unimpeded travel of government officials/personnel on official business, including employees of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation, to their place of destination“.

Previously, Vice President Leni Robredo and her team conducted their own self-quarantine and isolation as they travel through different provinces. According to Robredo, this was the Office of the Vice President’s protocol when traveling.

Gov't Officials Exempt From Testing, Quarantine For Work Travels - Roque
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Meanwhile, Roque said that officials need only present valid IDs and a travel authority or travel order. Along with this, the officials don’t need to get tested for the virus. Instead, the only requirement needed was for them to not have coronavirus-like symptoms.

Based on an article from CNN, Roque said:

They must likewise pass symptom screening at the port of their arrival, or in the case of public transport, upon boarding; and they must strictly comply with the minimum public health standards

Still, medical experts across the globe warn people of the potential spread of the virus through asymptomatic patients.

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