Thu, 20 Jan 2022

LAOAG CITY - The provincial government of Ilocos Sur has suspended the rule requiring the use of the Safe, Swift, and Smart Passage (S-PaSS), a travel management system for easier contact tracing purposes, for travelers.

Dr. Trina Tabboga-Talaga, medical chief of the Ilocos Sur Provincial Hospital-Gabriela Silang, confirmed this on Monday as part of simplifying and easing travel protocols for fully vaccinated individuals.

"Effective today, wala po munang S-PaSS and Ilocos Sur. Kailangan lang po vax card and ID. Dapat po fully vaxxed tayo. Salamat (Effective today, there shall be no S-PaSS in Ilocos Sur. Vaccination and identification cards are the only things needed for the fully vaccinated," Tabboga-Talaga said in an advisory.

With a steady decline in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the province, the provincial government has started to relax its travel protocols while encouraging the eligible population to get their full shot of vaccine against Covid-19.

Effective December 1, Governor Ryan Singson has also ordered the scrapping of Covid-19 testing as well as the 14-day mandatory quarantine for fully vaccinated returning residents.

"This is our way to encourage individuals to get vaccinated," he said.

As of Sunday, Ilocos Sur has recorded only one new Covid-19 case, one recovered case, and no new death.

The province so far has 17,566 confirmed infections, with 17,344 recoveries, 51 active cases, and 171 recorded deaths. (PNA)

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