The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said it would be up to local government units (LGUs) to admit travelers using vaccination cards as alternatives to Reverse Transcription – Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests for Covid-19.

Interior Assistant Secretary Odilon Pasaraba said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution No. 101 where “testing shall not be mandatory for travelers except if the LGU of destination requires” remained effective despite a newer IATF resolution.

On July 2, the IATF released Resolution 124-B to allow vaccination cards as “sufficient alternatives” to RT-PCR tests.

“Magmumula sa LGU ang pagpapatupad kung kailangan ng RT-PCR o vaccination card. May mga local na pamahalaan na nire-recognize nila itong vaccination cards at may iba namang kailangan lang ng RT-PCR kahit wala ng vaccination card,” Pasaraba said in the Laging Handa government briefing on July 9.

(It will depend on LGU if they will require RT-PCR tests or vaccination cards. There are local governments that recognize vaccination cards, but there are others that require RT-PCR tests.)

Pasaraba recommended using the mobile application Safe, Swift and Smart Passage or S-Pass to know the travel policies of all LGUs. Hazel Camba and Dominic Apolona