Metro Manila — Malacañang has extended the diversion of international flights headed to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced on Tuesday.
At his regular briefing, Roque said the extension shall be until 11:59 p.m. of June 12, according to a new memorandum issued by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.
“Ito po ay para maayos yung pag-i-implement ng IATF arrival protocols sa Cebu,” he explained.
[Translation: This is to fix the implementation of the IATF’s arrival protocols in Cebu.]
Prior to the recent order, all international flights bound for the Cebu international airport were diverted to NAIA until June 5.
Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia and President Rodrigo Duterte earlier met to discuss the province’s protocols for Filipinos from abroad, which involve testing them upon arrival at the airport.
This differs from the rule of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases which says tests must be conducted on the seventh day after their arrival.