Mayor Climaco justifies why RT-PCR test remains a requirement for Zamboanga City travelers


Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco has defended the local government’s decision to continue requiring inbound travelers to undergo RT-PCR test even as other documentary requirements have already been scrapped.

“As mayor and mother of the city, my priority concern is to protect the health of my constituents, thus the required RT-PCR test is to protect our people from Covid-19,” Climaco said.

She said the imposition of a negative RT-PCR test result before a traveler can enter the city is in accordance with the new guidelines of the national Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Atty. Kenneth Vincent Beldua, Zamboanga City Task Force Covid-19 spokesperson, said the imposition of the RT-PCR testing is an exercise of the local government’s police power for the general welfare of its inhabitants.

“For if we will loosen the restrictions here in the City of Zamboanga and the Covid cases will again surge, the people of Zamboanga will only have its officials to blame,” he said.