Mayor Benjamin Magalong issued a new advisory on the protocols for travelers entering the city of Baguio effective October 3, 2020 as a way to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 following the surge of cases in the city over the past days.
“In order to mitigate and contain any further outbreak and to allow our law enforcement and medical frontliners time to regroup their workforce as we set our plans for the coming months, we will be implementing additional safety measures that will be required for all travelers coming into the city until necessity requires,” the advisory stated.
In addition to the on line registration and triage requirements, travelers coming in to Baguio City shall be obliged to submit themselves for COVID-19 diagnostic testing. This new requirement includes government officials and frontline personnel who are not assigned to the BLISTT areas, duly authorized humanitarian assistance actors, persons travelling for humanitarian or medial reasons including their companions, persons with indispensable or work related, one-time transactions, or whose travel purpose do not require regular or frequent entry to the city.
They shall be required to present a negative results of RT PCR or rapid Antigen tests conducted within a period of 72 hours prior to their entry into the city, otherwise they shall submit themselves for testing at the Baguio City Central Triage and Testing Center at the Baguio Convention Center.
For Overseas Filipino Workers and Filipinos returning from abroad, they shall still follow the procedures set by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and the Department of Tourism.
Tourists who are coming from Region 1 shall be governed by the implementing guidelines of the Ridge and Reef Travel Corridor project incorporated in their registration through the VISITA website. Tourists from the other parts of the country and abroad are still not allowed to enter the city of Baguio.
Returning Baguio residents, employees coming into the city for the first time since the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine and non-resident students may opt to undergo 14-day quarantine under the supervision of their barangay officials as an alternative to RT PCR or rapid Antigen testing.
Persons with indispensable or work related travel purposes regularly passing through city checkpoints who are holders of COVID Shield Travel Authority documents with Inter-Region Work Clearance Certificates attached or Official Travel Orders as issued by their respective offices, shall be required to submit themselves for RT PCR or rapid Antigen testing once a month.
All travelers are reminded that registration of Health Declaration Forms through http://hdf.baguio.gov. ph/ and triage protocols area still required, with the exception of domestic tourists who shall register their necessary documents and itineraries at http://visita.baguio.gov. ph/.
Magalong, who is the contact tracing czar, has been imposing various regulatory measures including scientific methods to avert the continuing surge of COVID-19 cases in the city of Baguio. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)
By Redjie Melvic Cawis