Travel authority only for LSIs, returning OFWs

TRAVEL authority is only for locally-stranded individuals (LSIs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) not for employees reporting to work.

This was clarified by Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año even as more industries were already given the green light to open business.

Año said employees reporting back to work only need to show their company IDs to checkpoints in order to pass.

He added that workers in essential industries that are allowed to operate should only show their Company IDs or other certificates at PNP quarantine control points (QCPs) and they will be allowed to pass.

“Hindi na nila (employees returning to work) kailangan ng travel authority.  Sapat na na ipakita nila ang kanilang company ID o certificate of employment sa mga QCPs bilang patunay na sila ay Authorized Person Outside of Residence (APOR),” the DILG chief said.

“Ang requirement na ito ay para lang sa mga stranded individuals o returning overseas Filipinos,” he added.

The clarification was made after the DILG 24/7 Emergency Operations Center and DILG Philippines official social media account were flooded with queries about travel passes.

DILG Regional and Field Offices are also sitting feedback that workers endured very long queues just to get travel authority before they can report back to work.

The DILG cited an incident in Rodriguez, Rizal where residents in Rodriguez, Rizal endured two days of very long queues just to get travel pass so they can report back to work in Metro Manila.

He said that the Department has already coordinated with Rizal LGUs to correct this wrong practice and provide them with guidance on this matter.