Tagaytay has been the talk of the town lately, and no, it's not about Taal Volcano, the cold weather, or the famous buko tarts.
Instead, people are confused about whether or not those from Metro Manila (and other provinces) can visit the popular tourist destination without having to secure a travel pass. According to the City of Tagaytay as well as Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla himself, tourists are allowed to visit without the need for a travel pass. The move is expected to help businesses in the area restart following a disastrous 2020.
But according to Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar who heads Joint Task Force COVID, those who plan on visiting Tagaytay from Metro Manila still need to secure a travel pass from the local PNP.
No doubt this got very confusing because who do we follow? Now, it seems that the JTF was right all along. Malacanang has spoken on the issue and said Metro Manila residents will need to secure a travel pass to enter Tagaytay City.
“To summarize, travel from MGCQ to MGCQ areas doesn’t need any travel pass but the LGU may still impose it. Travel from GCQ to MGCQ areas still require a valid travel pass,” said Presidential spokesperson, Harry Roque in Filipino during a virtual press briefing yesterday.
Do remember that while Tagaytay and Cavite are already under MGCQ, Metro Manila is still under GCQ. Per the official guidelines, traveling within MGCQ areas no longer require a travel pass. However, a valid travel pass is needed for those who will go from areas under GCQ to places under MGCQ.
As a result, those who wish to visit the popular tourist destination will need to secure a Travel Authority, commonly called a travel pass. But before getting this, you will need to secure a medical certificate from your LGU's head office. The LGU will then coordinate with the destination LGU before issuing the Travel Authority.
So for those in Metro Manila wishing to head to Tagaytay soon, sorry to burst your bubble but you will need to secure a valid travel pass. Then again, with the on-going pandemic, you may want to postpone your travels to a later date. It's not like the city is going anywhere soon.