MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Entrepreneurship Advisor Joey Concepcion has again called on the government to consider removing the facility quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated Filipinos from the United States and Canada.
In a statement, Concepcion said his proposal was aimed at making it easier for Filipinos abroad to return home and reunite with their families during the holidays, which would also be good for business as people would spend more.
Concepcion said the United States and Canada are not currently on the Philippines’ green country list, which means fully vaccinated travelers from those countries would still be required to undergo a COVID test after spending five days in a quarantine facility.
According to Concepcion’s proposal, travelers from the United States and Canada would be tested 48 hours before departure and retested upon arrival in the Philippines.
The test would be done either at their home if they live in Metro Manila, or at the quarantine hotel if they do not have accommodation. The proposed system will require confirmed test programs from passengers.
For peace of mind
âIt’s already such a substantial reduction to be tested only after the required five days in the quarantine hotel; they just have to spend a day at the hotel if they can’t do the tests at home, âConcepcion said.
âWe can do this to give peace of mind to our returning Filipinos and their loved ones and the families to which they will return home. As the Christmas spending begins, many businesses across the country will reap the benefits, âhe added.
Concepcion said it is now working with the country’s national carrier, Philippine Airlines (PAL), to align with testing labs and deal with the possible increase in demand for testing.
Citing data from PAL, Concepcion said the positivity rates among inbound passengers from North America were relatively low.
OCTA Research, which has partnered with Concepcion’s Go Negosyo to advise the latter on COVID-19 data issues, also said local transmissions accounted for almost all of the new COVID-19 cases in the country today. hui.
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