S-PaSS requirements were regulated, more travel restrictions were eased.
Negros Occidental is unrestricted in the S-PaSS
Travel Management System. On the other side of the province, fully vaccinated passengers are no longer required by the San Carlos City Government to submit S-PaSS requirements upon entering its seaports in Cebu.
As for Negros Occidental, fully vaccinated individuals must comply with proof of vaccination; meanwhile, unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers at the ports are subjected to free Rapid Antigen Tests.  The government also accepts non-reactive Rapid Antigen Test results as long as the test is taken 48 hours before traveling, taken by a DOH accredited clinic or laboratory.
Three Manila–Bacolod–Manila flights per day will also be permitted for Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines, while two flights will be allowed for Air Asia. Additionally, airline companies can also have one more inbound cargo flight only, from Manila to Bacolod, another additional outbound flight from Bacolod to Manila.
Sea vessels can only carry 50% of their passenger capacity.
As for San Carlos City, the city government says that easing the travel
requirements for travelers, particularly residents entering the city’s boundaries, would be practical.
The current policy was advised and signed by San Carlos City Emergency Operations Center Manager Joe Recalex Alingasa Jr. and approved by San Carlos City Mayor Renato Gustilo.
This advisory was then disseminated to shipping lines traveling the San Carlos City Toledo route. The policy was also announced and implemented to San Carlos City, Toledo City, and the Philippine Ports Authority substations.
However, a vaccination card and a valid, government-issued ID are required to show proof of residence.
Flyovers in Bacolod closed for repairs.
As duly authorized by the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office or BTAO, the Lacson-Circumferential flyover located in Barangay Bata and the new bridge in Baranggay Sum-Ag will be temporarily closed for maintenance and repair from March 16 until March 23.
The rehabilitation of Bacolod
City’s highway bridges shall be spearheaded by the Department of Public Works and Highways announced by BTAO Spokesperson Dennis Perma. While the bridges will be under repair and rehabilitation, a single lane will be partially opened exclusively for light vehicles only.
DPWH–Bacolod District Engineer Jamie Javellana says that the flyover will be newly covered with asphalt to not be dangerously slippery for vehicles and motors. They will also add more street lights along the flyover bridges.
BTAO has initiated to put up signs around the area for added safety.
Transport strike in Negros Occidental and Bacolod
Negros Occidental and Bacolod City is gearing up for a 2-day transport strike this March 21 and March 22, triggered by the increasing oil price hike last week.
This transport strike is “People’s Holiday”, to express resentments regarding the unending oil price increase. Oil companies are expected to continuously impose high price increases because of the Philippines’ problem in procurement, further sanctions imposed by the United States, and the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.