Despite the recent announcement by Tagaytay officials in opening up their city for tourists, Joint Task Force (JTF) COVID Shield warned motorists, particularly motorcycle riders, that leisure trips to this favorite vacation spot are not yet allowed.
Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, JTF COVID-19 commander, issued the warning amid reports that thousands of motorcycle riders head to Tagaytay City in big groups to take a breather from a stressful week. A big majority of these riders are from Metro Manila. They have a quick brunch at restaurants in Tagaytay City and then head back home before noontime to join their families.
Aside from the delicious local food and cool mountain breeze, proximity to Metro Manila is one of the main reasons why Tagaytay has become a riders haven for several years now. Many of them are often seen converging at fuel stations along South Luzon Expressway (main photo) before proceeding to the area.
“Ngayon po ’yung sinasabi sa Tagaytay, while it is true na Tagaytay ay idineclare ng LGU nila na hindi na kailangan ang travel pass pagpasok doon, ’yun po ’yung manggagaling within Cavite,” Eleazar was quoted as saying in a report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Eleazar issued this clarification after Tagaytay City government officials announced last September 1, 2020, that tourists may visit their place alongside the opening of the hotels and restaurants within the vicinity.
The JTF commander stressed that residents from Cavite province and other individuals considered as authorized persons outside of residence (APOR) from Metro Manila are allowed to enter Tagaytay City. Another reminder, always use a face mask and face shield when you enter an establishment.
“So ’yung galing sa Metro Manila, pupunta ng Cavite, dapat po may reason kayo sa pagpunta doon. Kung hindi, dapat kukuha pa rin kayo ng travel authority,” he added.
Cavite governor Jonvic Remulla expressed belief that the JTF’s decision was anchored on two issues: At least 230 individuals from the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) located in Silang, Cavite, which is among the gateways to Tagaytay, were recently infected by the coronavirus; and the strong winds and rainy weather now being experienced in the city could further spread the dreaded illness.
After Eleazar made this clarification and Remulla’s supporting statements, we bet there will be more checkpoints on roads leading to Tagaytay. So don’t push your luck, guys!