Philippines: Travel rules set for migrant sugarcane workers

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Bacolod: Two Negros provinces have come up with the guidelines to be followed by the migratory sugarcane workers (MSWs) amid the coronavirus pandemic. The governors of these two provinces have released these guidelines as the cane crushing season is approaching.

Eugenio Jose Lacson, governor of Negros Occidental and Roel Degamo, governor of Negros Oriental addressed the directive dated September 1 to all planters associations and issued through the two provinces’ Inter-Agency Task Forces on Emerging Infectious Diseases

The authorities have asked the planters to submit the list of MSWs they need for this crop year to work in their fields. They should provide in details, the names of the workers and their Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) numbers. They should also provide the basic personal details including the place of assignment and since when they are in the province or when they will be entering in the province. The list will be submitted to the Provincial Incident Management Team (PIMT) that will allow the entry of these MSWs into the province depending on the capacity of RT-PCR testing in the province.

The MSWs will have to undergo testing and quarantine after they arrive in the province. Those who will be tested negative would be allowed to continue with work.

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