MANILA (UPDATED)- International flights bound for Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) will be diverted to NAIA from May 29 to June 5.
The inter-agency task force on COVID-19 recommended the redirection of flights in an effort to contain the pathogen's transmission in the Philippines.
According to a memo by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, local government units must enforce the IATF’s approved travel rules for inbound international travelers “regardless of any specific protocols that may be issued by LGUs.”
The Department of the Interior and Local Government will monitor the LGUs' implementation of protocols.
Malacañang did not elaborate on the reason behind the diversion of flights.
But Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia earlier issued airport protocols that are different from directives from the inter-agency task force leading the country's COVID-19 response.
Garcia ordered last March that inbound foreign passengers be tested for the novel coronavirus upon arrival at the Mactan airport.
The IATF requires COVID-19 tests for inbound travelers on the 7th day of their quarantine.
About two weeks ago, the MCIA said it will limit the number of arriving international passengers to 300 due to lack of quarantine facilities.
The MCIA canceled international flights from May 14 to 15 as the 2,500-capacity quarantine facilities there for returning overseas Filipinos were full.
—With reports from Jacque Manabat and Joyce Balancio, ABS-CBN News