No more quarantine for Zambo-
bound bus passengers – official
Passengers who will start traveling by bus to Zamboanga City from Pagadian City, Dipolog City and Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay on Saturday (January 16) are not required to undergo quarantine anymore, as long as they yield a negative RT-PCR or swab test result for COVID-19. In addition, senior citizens and children will be allowed to travel as long as they have complete requirements, said an official here.
“They don’t have to undergo quarantine, but they have to inform their barangay where they are residing in Zamboanga City for monitoring purposes,” said Rafael Derrick Evangelista III, head of the Zamboanga City Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT) during the Philippine Information Agency’s (PIA) Kapihan na Zamboanga on January 12.
Inter-provincial bus travel will resume Saturday under the point-to-point scheme, covering only the above-mentioned areas in Region 9. Evangelista explained that pick-up and drop-off of passengers will only be in the said areas. There will be no straight bus travel to and from Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod and other cities outside region 9 yet, Evangelista added.
“No passenger will be picked up or dropped off by buses in between the said areas, and passengers can only have their toilet stop in Ipil,” Evangelista said. For example, Zamboanga-bound passengers from Pagadian can only disembark in Zamboanga City IBT, and not in any municipality in between.
Tickets must be purchased at least two days before the travel, Evangelista added. “In addition, please remember that tickets will only be sold to passengers with complete requirements as mandated by the destination LGU,” he said.
For locally-stranded individuals (LSIs) and returning overseas Filipinos (REFs) going to Zamboanga City, the basic requirements are medical certificate from their area of origin, travel authority from the PNP, coordination pass with the Zamboanga City Tourism Office, proof of residency in Zamboanga City, and the negative RT-PCR test result. Infants below one year old will not be required RT-PCR test. Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APORs) will only need to present their medical certificate, travel order and their company IDs, as per information released via the ZC IBT Facebook page.
The LGUs of Dipolog, Pagadian and Ipil may require other documents, and Evangelista said information about this can be obtained from the ZC Integrated Bus Terminal Facebook page or from the official pages of the said LGUs.
Meanwhile, Evangelista reminds passengers to strictly comply with the minimum health standards at all times especially while in the buses. “We will strictly implement no face shield, no facemask, no travel policy,” he said.
“Passengers who will arrive in Zamboanga and found to have incomplete requirements will be required to pay for their own quarantine and swab test, or in some cases be sent back to where they came from,” Evangelista stressed.
Zamboanga City-bound passengers may further inquire via the Zamboanga city government’s hotlines: 062-9756341, 09664270186, 09269644150, 09758549019, 09617847634 and 09269644154. (NBE/DIS/PIA9-ZAMSULTA, photo courtesy of ZC Integrated Bus Terminal Facebook page)