Senate President Vicente Sotto III is asking the Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 to abolish the policy that requires fully vaccinated Filipinos to still undergo a 14-day quarantine period upon their entry into the Philippines.
In a statement, Sotto questions the said quarantine period and asked to allows the entry of travelers from another country as long as they can follow the minimum health protocol against the virus.
“Why do fully vaccinated people have to still do the two-week quarantine when traveling to the Philippines? It doesn’t make sense!” Sotto said.
Sotto thinks that this policy is not right and the effort of the government to open the economy is all wasted. Those investors who are already vaccinated also refuse to enter the Philippines because of the said policy and other Overseas Filipino Workers eventually hesitate to return to the Philippines.
“Vaccinated investors won’t come because they have to quarantine or even Filipinos who are vaccinated are having second thoughts,” says the senator.
The Department of Tourism already handed a suggestion of shortening the quarantine period of returning Filipinos who are COVID-19 vaccinated.