One Health Pass offers convenience to arriving travellers to PH — BOQ

Marje Pelayo   •   August 30, 2021   •   1175

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino and foreign travelers arriving in the Philippines are encouraged to use the One Health Pass system which automates all processes such as medical declaration and quarantine procedures prior to arrival.

On Monday (August 30), Bureau of Quarantine (BOC) Director Roberto Salvador Jr. said the system has yielded some positive feedback from registrants in its two-week trial run specifically because the processing time for arrival passengers has been shortened.

“Maganda po ang turnout ng pilot natin [sa One Health Pass]. More than 2 weeks po tayong nagta-trial, ngayon po ay umakyat na po tayo sa more than 80% ang nagko-comply na mag-register,” Salvador said adding that since the portal is user-friendly, traveling to the Philippines has been made even more convenient.

Arriving travelers may log in to the OneHealthPass portal three days before arrival to the Philippines.

A transaction number and a QR code will be provided which the traveler may present upon arrival in the Philippines.

“Within 3 days po before mag-travel sa Pilipinas, mag-log in na po sa onehealthpass.com.ph natin para makakuha kayo ng transaction number,” the official said.

“Then 24 hours po or kapag nasa airport na kayo, bago mag-board, dapat po i-fill up naman ang health declaration checklist,” he added.

Upon arrival, travelers would need to attend an orientation and get an immigration clearance, before heading to their quarantine hotel.

Once they finish quarantine, they will receive their COVID-19 test result and quarantine certificate.

The OneHealthPass system, then, will notify their local government of destination as proof that the travelers have been cleared.

“Marami na po tayong magagandang nakukuhang feedback galing po sa mga umuwi nating mga OFW,” Director Salvador said.

“Nakikiusap kami sa mga gustong kumuha ng yellow card na kung maaari po, ang kukuha lang muna ay ang mga paalis na, may mga OEC na, o ‘yung mga may ticket na po,” he said.

Travelers to Phl reminded to register to One Health Pass

Marje Pelayo   •   July 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) reminds travelers to present their One Health Pass QR Code prior to boarding their flights to Manila, Laoag, or Davao.

This policy is in compliance with the requirements of the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) amid the current COVID-19 pandemic.

To get the QR code, passengers need to accomplish the One Health Pass Declaration Form (e-HDC).  The portal will require the registrant to submit personal information, health status, and travel history. The forms should be filled out individually including a child.

The process of registration is as follow:

Step 1 To be accomplished at any time on or before the departure date:
Register through https://www.onehealthpass.com.ph/e-HDC and completely fill out all required fields. Upon filling out the form, please ensure to save a copy of the unique transaction number, which will be needed at the airport in order to accomplish Step 2 to complete the e-HDC registration.

Step 2: To be accomplished at the airport, prior to boarding the flight to the Philippines:
Before boarding the flight, answer the form at https://www.onehealthpass.com.ph/e-HDC by entering the acquired unique transaction number to retrieve the traveler’s record. Upon completing all the information, a unique QR code will be provided which is necessary to present before boarding and upon arrival.

All information shared in the One Health Pass is collected and processed solely by the Bureau of Quarantine.

The One Health Pass website is independent of PAL and PAL has no control over the said website.

For inquiries or more information, travelers may directly coordinate with the BOQ at helpdeskboq@gmail.com.

PPA: Cargo ships from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan may now anchor in Phl ports

Maris Federez   •   February 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has allowed the cargo ships from China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan to anchor in any of the country’s seaports.

PPA general-manager Jay Santiago said the cargoes will not be contaminated with the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) as viruses die within 10 hours in an external environment as explained by health experts.

“The Bureau of Quarantine has already lifted that measure and we will now allow ships even from China, Hongkong, Macau, Taiwan to directly berth and discharge cargoes at the port of Manila and all other PPA operated ports,” Santiago said.

The official, however, clarified that the crews of the cargo ships will not be allowed to disembark.

Personnel from the Bureau of Quarantine will be the one to board the ship to check on the passengers and ensure that none of them present any symptoms of the 2019-nCoV.

“They will not be allowed to disembark in the Philippines’ port they will be required to stay aboard the ships,” said Santiago.

Meanwhile, three sea vessels from China were not permitted to dock in Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental.

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said the cargo ships arrived in Dumaguete City on Tuesday (Feb. 4) afternoon but the 11 Filipino crews were not allowed to get off as they need to undergo the 14-day quarantine.

The ships are still awaiting the designated quarantine officers who will check on all the crews. — (from the report of Dante Amento) /mbmf

DOH closely monitors passengers from China

Maris Federez   •   January 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) is now closely monitoring incoming international flight passengers, particularly those coming from China amid the scare of a new coronavirus strain that originated from Wuhan City.

As of the latest data, the DOH is keeping watch over a suspected novel coronavirus case.

The health department said it is conducting precautionary measures to help curb the possible spread of the said infectious disease that could possibly have been brought by passengers coming from other countries.

The Bureau of Quarantine is leading the team that checks passengers after they get off from the plane.

Each passenger must go through scanners that are installed in the airports.

Those who are found negative of symptoms such as high body temperature or fever will be free to go.

However, those who will show signs of the disease will be held by the BOQ personnel so that swab samples and necessary interviews will be conducted on them.

When the initial check-up shows signs of respiratory illness, fever, cough and colds, shortness of and difficulty in breathing, the doctors will recommend hospital admission.

DOH Spokesperson Usec. Rolando Enrique Domingo, the DOH will take care of the hospital treatment.

“Pagdaan nila sa quarantine ngayon makikita naman sila kung mayroon signs and symptoms kung may sign and symptoms then they have to go our quarantine office or to our clinic for history taking or medical examination,” said Domingo.

The patient may only be discharged from the hospital if he or she is already found negative of two more tests.

The DOH also reminds the public, particularly those who will travel internationally, to always fill out and submit the health declaration card to be issued to them during flight.

Included in the checklist is the pertinent information, such as the country of origin, so that passengers can easily be traced and located, should the need arise.

The DOH will also give out flyers to passengers for them to be more aware of the new coronavirus.

The health department will also meet with airline operators who have direct flights to and from Wuhan, China, together with the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on the measures to take to address the said health issue. — (from the report of Dante Amento) /mbmf

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