The Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test and the 14-day quarantine are no longer required for returning Antiqueños in compliance to the Inter-Agency Task Force Resolution No. 101 series of 2021.

Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao, during the joint IATF meeting and the League of Municipalities- Antique Chapter, emphasized the need to comply with the provisions of the resolution.

Likewise, she said that some Antiqueños, who have expressed their desire to come home, have difficulty living in Manila. Some have lost their jobs and livelihood, hence, they wantedto return home.

During the meeting, the members of the IATF and the municipal officials also have shared their concerns and strategies as well on how to curb the spread of coronavirus while waiting for the vaccination.

Libertad mayor Mary Jean N. Te, who is also the president of the League of Municipalities (LMP)- Antique Chapter, said that the IATF and LMP agreed to implement the resolution that the RT-PCR test and 14-day quarantine will no longer be required for returning Antiqueños.

However, a letter of coordination and acceptance should be secured from the receiving LGU for proper monitoring and assessment by the rural health personnel and Barangay Health Response Team once they come home.

Te has enjoined everyone to remain compliant to the health protocols though the restrictions are relaxed.

The need to wear a face mask/face shield, frequent handwashing and disinfection and physical distancing are still required.

On the other hand, the IATF also lifted the restrictions on the purchase of liquors and alcoholic beverages.

The observance of the curfew was moved from 12:00 midnight to 4:00 o’clock in the morning.

Meanwhile, Cherilyn Quanico, in-charge of the sub-task group of returning Antiqueños, revealed that there are about 33,000 Antiqueños who have returned to the province as of March 5, 2021.

For the Overseas Filipino Workers, Judy Mae M. Sajo, Information Officer of DILG, reported that a total of 4, 871 OFWs have returned home.JBG/PSM/PIA-Antique