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By Prince Golez

Filipino citizens and holders of Philippine permanent resident visas are exempted from the travel ban on travelers from China and its special administrative regions, according to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

Medialdea said Duterte has approved the recommendation of the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases for the management of the situation regarding novel coronavirus.

The President also approved the following recommended guidelines:

*Temporarily banning the entry of any person, regardless of nationality, except Filipino citizens and holders of Permanent Resident Visa issued by the Philippine Government, who within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, has been to China and its special administrative regions;

*A mandatory 14-day quarantine for Filipinos and Permanent Resident Visa holders coming from any place in China and its special administrative regions;

*Temporary ban on Filipinos from travel to China and its special administrative regions; and

*Establishment of a repatriation and quarantine facility.

Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Task Force may ban the entry of travelers from other areas with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

“For clarity the ban is on the person of any nationality except that of Filipinos particularly specified above, coming directly from the places above-mentioned and arriving in the Philippines, and not of any flight,” added Panelo.

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