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Mayor Benjamin Magalong in a public address calls on Baguio citizens' active support and adherence to the General Community Qaurantine guidelines set by the city government. (Mann Sortejas/PIA Baguio)

Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey (c) with Sangguniang Bayan member and Chairperson on Committee on Health Jerome Tudlong, Jr., and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Johanna Padaen inspect the Rapid Test Kits and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided by the National Task Force to the Municipality of Bontoc. (Bontoc LGU photo)

Gov. Melchor Diclas leads the relief operation in far flung sitios in Itogon, Benguet .

Relief goods are delivered to far flung villages in Benguet that could be reach by hours of walking, thanks to the Philippine Air Force Tactical Operations Group Baguio(RMC-PIA CAR)

Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey and Sagada Mayor James Pooten(r) expressed their gratitude to National Task Force for COVID-19 Chief Implementor Sec. Carlito Galvez(l) for the test kits and personal protective equipment during the Joint NTF-RTF meeting in Baguio City. (RMC- PIA-CAR)

La Trinidad issues localized GCQ guidelines

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 15 (PIA) - - The local government  here  issued its localized guidelines on General Community Quarantine effective  on Monday, May 18, 2020  after the province is placed under moderate-risk category.


 The province was under Enhanced Community Quarantine since March 17 and after two months, it transitions into GCQ as per National Inter-Agency Task Force Resolution Number 35.

In adherence to the national guidelines on GCQ, the local government crafted its localized version for phase one.

The guidelines cover  persons not authorized to go out; reiteration on the wearing of face mask, other minimum public health standards, safety protocols in establishments,  schedule of market day, establishments allowed and not allowed to operate, prohibition on mass gatherings,public transportation, public and private construction,  Balik Probinsya, and employees entering the capital town.

Persons not allowed to go out are those aged 20 years old and below and 60 years old and above, those with immuno-deficiency co-morbidities or are at health risk, pregnant women.  Coding is still in effect for Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APOR). Loitering is not also allowed.

Mandatory wearing of face mask in public places and conveyances is still in effect as per Ordinance No. 04-2020 with corresponding penalties for violators.

Apart from wearing of mask, minimum public health standards required are as follows; adherence to guidelines on sanitation, disinfecting, physical distancing; no wearing of shorts, slippers, sandals and sando in public places. Liquor ban, imposition of no smoking and no spitting of momma in public places are also in effect.

Safety protocols in work places and related areas are as follows: no mask, no entry policy; frequent sanitation and handwashing; avoid touching surfaces and face; stricter protocols for high-risk occupations, industries and spaces; social distancing at least one meter apart, re-configured work spaces, markers in public places, and no work if showing symptoms.

For business establishments allowed to open, these will only cater to clients/customers on their scheduled market day.

Market day is from 8:00AM to 6:00PM with indicated schedule per barangay. The assigned person per family to refill food stocks and attend to medical, banking, agricultural needs must secure color coded market pass slip from the barangay.  

The market day schedule are as follows: Monday - Pico and Bineng; Tuesday - Balili and Alno; Wednesday - Poblacion, Beckel and Cruz; Thursday - Tawang, Alapang and Sablan; Friday - Puguis, Bahong and Wangal; and Saturday - Betag, Ambiong and Lubas.  

Business establishments allowed to operate from Monday to Saturday, 8:00AM to  6:00PM are the following: La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post, Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center and other private vegetable trading areas, sari-sari store; food establishments only for delivery and take-out; grocery stores, supermarkets, pharmacies, convenience stores, public markets, talipapas, gasoline stations; medical and dental clinics and law offices but on appointment basis; pet shops; agricultural stores; laundry shops for drop, pick and go only; water refilling stations; logistic service providers; hardware stores; construction supplies and aggregates; repair shops for motor vehicles on a drop, pick and go basis; auto supplies and accessories; office and school supplies; gadget stores; electronic and power supplies; iron and wood works; motorcycle and bicycle shops; glass and aluminum supplies; delivery services; and funeral services, barber shops and parlors for haircut only.

Other allowed establishments are the  La Trinidad Public Market specifically the meat and fish sections, vegetable and fruits and sari sari and groceries; cutflowers and ornamental shops on schedule – Monday, Wednesday and Friday for odd number stalls and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for even number stalls; printing press; food processing and manufacturing centers and souvenir shops for food items only;  stores selling dry goods; errand riders/delivery boys with travel pass secured from the Mayor’s Office; and online sellers with business permit from the local government.

Not allowed to operate are stores that sell second hand items such as wagwagan and surplus shop; computer shops; ambulant vendors; furniture shops; gyms/fitness studios and sports facilities; Karaoke bars, comedy bars, pub, beerhouses, bars; kids amusement industries, toy stores, playgrounds, playrooms, rides; and tourist destinations; travel agencies, tour operations, reservations and related activities; gambling and betting such as but not limited to cockfighting, casinos, and the like; personal care services such as massage parlors, sauna bath establishments, facial care, foot spa; and any amusement, leisure, gaming and tourism establishments that promote gathering.

Still prohibited are mass gatherings are such as weddings, church activities and assemblies or any similar crowd-drawing activities. Wakes/burials are limited to immediate families only. Running/jogging and zumba, sports and tourism activities are also prohibited.

For public transportation, as per Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board guidelines, public utility vehicle operators have to first secure a special permit at the LTFRB before operation. Physical/social distancing and use of face mask is mandatory.

Companies and agencies must provide shuttle services to their employees. Additional guidelines on public transportation will follow

On construction works for both public and private, there is a need to comply first with the Department of Public Works and Highways Order No. 25 on Construction Safety Guidelines for the implementation of all DPWH infrastructure projects during the COVID-19 public health crisis before project resumption. All minor house repairs and maintenance are allowed.

On the Balik Probinsya for those stranded and may want to go home to other municipalities, there are dedicated numbers which can be contacted depending on the areas where currently located.

For those situated in Alapang, Alno, Bahong, Bineng, Cruz, Shilan, and Wangal, the contact number is 0949-931-0814. For those who are now in Ambiong, Beckel, Balili, Lubas, and Tawang, the contact number is 0919-994-4132. For those in Betag, Pico, Puguis, and Poblacion, contact number is 0998-889-3973.

For employees entering the capital town, they are required to present valid local government/company ID or certificate of employment when flagged at the checkpoint. (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

By Susan C. Aro



  • PAF TOG-1 airlifts relief goods to remote Bokod sitios

    BAGUIO CITY, May 29(PIA) -- Another set of relief goods reached the far flung areas in Bokod, Benguet recently.

    Mayor Thomas Wales Jr. and Philippine Red Cross - Benguet Chapter Administrator Oscar Paris turns over relief goods including sacks of rice to residents in Sitio Bakian, Barangay Ekip in Bokod, Benguet during the airlifting of relief operations  RMC PIA-CAR

    The Philippine Air Force thru the Tactical Operations Group 1- based in Baguio City with the coordination of the Philippine Red Cross – Benguet Chapter and the Office of the Civil Defense – Cordillera airlifted another set of relief goods to areas in the municipality of Bokod which are very hard to reach.

    Relief goods were airlifted from Loakan Airport and the Benguet State University Bokod Campus in Ambangeg to Barangay Nawal; Sitios Bakian and Naswak in Barangay Ekip and Sitio Bisal in Barangay Bobok-Bisal on May 23 and 25, 2020.

    Barangay Nawal received 120 sacks of 25-kilogram rice, one cavan of sugar and two cavans of NFA rice while sitio Bobok in Bobok-Bisak received 40 cavans of rice and one cavan each of sugar and NFA rice.

    In Barangay Ekip, Sitio Bakian received 20 sacks of 25-kilogram rice, one cavan NFA rice and one cavan sugar. Sitio Naswak received 30 sacks of half cavan rice and one cavan of sugar.

    The Philippine Red Cross-Benguet Chapter also distributed more than 200 food packs to the different areas and several boxes of Ready to Use Food Supplement for children and adults.

    The relief goods came from the Provincial Government of Benguet, the office of the Benguet Caretaker Cong. Eric Go Yap, Board Member Nestor Fongwan Jr., and the municipal government of Bokod and the PRC Benguet Chapter.

     Bokod Mayor Thomas Wales Jr. said that the areas where the relief goods were delivered are considered as the most remote areas in the municipality as these areas could only be reached thru hiking across mountains for several hours.

    “The sitios of Bakian and Naswak of Barangay Ekip, Bisal of Barangay Bobok, and Barangay Nawal are the most far flung areas in Bokod and are the most difficult to be reached due to lack of road and transportation means,” Wales said.

    “We are grateful for the two helicopters of the Philippine Air Force which were sent in the municipality to help us bring the relief goods to the said areas,” the Mayor added.

     The relief operations were joined by PRC- Benguet Chapter Administrator Oscar Paris, Board Member Nestor Fongwan Jr., and the Bokod Municipal Police Station led by PCapt. Ruben Tamiray with the PAF TOG-1 led by Lt. Col. Alan Macatingrao and Lt. Col. Jack Ray Mosomos.

     Last week, Benguet Gov. Melchor Diclas personally delivered hundreds of food packs to the far flung areas of Ekip in Bokod as support of the province to the residents during the time of the COVID-19 crisis.

    In the past weeks, the PAF with the provincial government of Benguet and the PRC-Benguet Chapter have been conducting airlifting of relief goods to the different remote areas in the province mostly those that could be reached thru hiking to ease the burden of bringing sacks of relief goods to their homes. (JDP/RMC- PIA-CAR)


    By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis


  • Gov't agencies send home stranded local tourists in Baguio City

    BAGUIO CITY, May 29(PIA) -- At least 26 local tourists stranded in Baguio City since the start of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in March were sent home to their respective hometowns today.

  • TESDA, police in Cordillera partner for face mask project

    BAGUIO CITY – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Cordillera and the Police Regional Office Cordillera (PROCOR) have partnered to provide face masks to the public using old police uniforms.

  • Cordillera records 11 days doubling time; 89% case recovery rate

    BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera region has recorded an 11-day doubling time for new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the officer in charge of the regional health office said Tuesday.


  • PCR, extraction machines now available at BGHMC lab

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The machines donated by ACT-CIS and Benguet caretaker Rep. Eric Go Yap to the provincial government supposedly for the Benguet General Hospital (BeGH) has been stationed at the Baguio General Hospital Medical Center (BGHMC), boosting the hospital’s capability in detecting coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

  • Benguet shifts back to COVID-19 operations after typhoon

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 22, (PIA) -- Governor Melchor Diclas is thankful that the province of Benguet was spared by typhoon Ambo over the weekend   and the provincial government shifts back its attention to  COVID-19.

  • DPWH spells out construction safety guidelines under GCQ

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 23(PIA) - -  With the province  now under General Community Quarantine, all projects under the Department of Public Works and Highways(DPWH) are given the green light to proceed but must comply with construction safety guidelines.

  • PRO-Cor reaches out to almost 13,000 indigent families in CAR

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 22(PIA) -- The Police Regional Office – Cordillera (PRO-Cor) has provided relief assistance to more than 13, 000 indigent families in the Cordillera region thru the “Kapwa Ko, Sagot Ko! Adopt-A-Family Program.”

  • Relief goods reach more far flung areas in Benguet

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 16(PIA) -Families in far flung areas in  two municipalities in the  province  received  relief goods  which were  airlifted over the weekend. 

Mt. Province

  • LGUs cooperate in bringing home LSIs,returning OFWs

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, May 27(PIA) --In  continuing efforts to expedite  the  return of the  locally stranded individuals (LSIs)  and overseas Filipino workers(OFWs) to be reunited with their families, the  provincial and  municipal local government units complement  each other.  

  • Bontoc, Sagada thank NTF for PPEs, test kits

    BAGUIO CITY, May 22(PIA) -- Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey and Sagada Mayor James Pooten expressed their gratitude to National Task Force for COVID-19 Chief Implementor Secretary Carlito Galvez for the test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) they received recently.

  • Mt. Province CTFs convene to set unified GCQ local guidelines

    BONTOC, Mountain Province-- In the province’s aim to come up with a set unified guidelines for all municipalities in the province for the next phase of community quarantine from May 16 to 31, 2020, the Provincial COVID-19 Task Force (PCTF) met with the League of Municipalities-Mountain Province Chapter (LMP-MP) on May 15   at the Mountain Province Disaster Operations Center.

  • Mt. Province honors 2 fallen soldiers, gives aid to families

    BAUKO, Mountain Province, May 1 -- The  provincial  government  here gave due recognition to two  of its  sons -   soldiers from  the municipality of Bauko who  sacrificed their lives  for the country.

  • Work in PLGU frontline services resumes May 4; observance of preventive measures stressed

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, May 3(PIA) – With the province now under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), work for frontline services at the provincial local government unit (PLGU) will resume on Monday May 4.


  • Ifugao town slowly adapting to new normal

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, May 27(PIA) -- This capital town is slowly   adapting to the new normal   with the current   general community quarantine until May 31, 2020.

  • PNP’s charitable program serves more than 1,000 Ifugao families

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, May 20(PIA) - - Amidst the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), more than a thousand families in the province were provided assistance by the Philippine National Police (PNP) through its charitable program.

  • Ifugao PLGU sets rapid triage for returning employees

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, May 20 (PIA) - -As  precautionary measure against  COVID-19,the provincial government has started on May 18 the conduct of rapid triage assessment for its workforce and capitol-based agencies including clients and visitors with the province  now placed  under the  general community quarantine.

  • DTI invites ECQ- affected MSEs to avail of its loan facility

    LAMUT, Ifugao, May 15(PIA) - - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the province enjoined Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine to avail of the  agency’s Enterprise Rehabilitation Financing (ERF) facility.

  • Ifugao town records second COVID-19 case

    LAMUT, Ifugao, May 14 (PIA) - -  The  local government  here reiterates to the public to  follow   guidelines  such as staying  at home,  practicing  proper hygiene, wearing  protective mask and  observing  social distancing  as the   municipality recorded its second confirmed COVID-19 case.





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