Ilocos Norte warns cargos breaching COVID-19 protocols


Aug. 24, 2021 ...

The Metro Ilocos Norte Council (MINC) has issued a Memorandum to cargo entities as a reminder to follow the province's COVID-19 protocols.

Under Executive Order 149-21, cargo and delivery vehicles entering Ilocos Norte will be unhampered as long as they adhere to health and border protocols.

Moreover, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte and cargo firms have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that includes the "prohibition of people smuggling and/or transportation of illegal and illicit goods into the province" as one of its stipulations.

Almost ten (10) cargo entities were apprehended for violating the said protocol in August alone.

In particular, undeclared cargo personnel were discovered hiding in the vehicles during the triage process. In the majority of cases, they almost always test positive for Rapid Antigen.

"We confiscate their MINC Cargo IDs and have them tested upon entry at the border," Atty. Athena Nicollete A. Pilar, Administrative Officer V, said. 

"For first offenders, we temporarily suspend their right for re-issuance of MINC IDs. Hence, as non-MINC registered for a while, they would have to undergo testing upon every entry as per our current protocol. However, for repeat offenders, we forfeit indefinitely their privileges that come along their MINC registration which were all formalized through the MOU," she added.

Along with stringent cargo triage, the MINC Hotline is open 24/7 to readily respond to reports of apprehended cargo offenders from any of the provincial borders.