Everyone misses traveling, so it’s not surprising that quite a number of Filipinos flocked to Tagaytay over the weekend just to get over their wanderlust and quarantine blues. A high-ranking officer of the Philippine National Police said yesterday, however, that non-Cavite residents need to secure a travel pass first before visiting the popular destination.
Joint Task Force COVID Shield Commander Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar reminded the public that the elderly and those under the age of 21 are still prohibited from leaving their homes unless they need to purchase necessities or are part of the workforce. He said this in reaction to complaints that too many people are visiting Tagaytay, including the elderly and teenagers.
“We want to minimize or avoid [having people] go out [of their homes],” Eleazar said in English and Filipino in an online press briefing.
“Now, about Tagaytay, while it is true that Tagaytay has been declared by their LGU (local government unit) that you don’t need a travel pass to enter, that’s valid for people coming from within Cavite,” Eleazar explained.
“So if you’re coming from Metro Manila and going to Cavite, you need to have a [valid] reason to go there. If not, you still need to secure travel authority,” he added.
Metro Manila is currently under the general community quarantine, while Cavite province, where Tagaytay is located, is under the looser modified general community quarantine. Tagaytay is a popular weekend destination for Metro Manila residents because it offers spectacular views of the Taal Volcano. Restaurants and hotels operating in the area have been allowed by the government to operate at half of their maximum capacity to boost tourism, which has been badly hit by the pandemic and Taal’s eruption early this year