For La Trinidad, only individuals who are working in Baguio, both in government and private establishments, and those with medical appointments or health emergencies, are allowed to enter Baguio provided they present valid government ID as proof of residence, any valid document as proof of employment or business in Baguio, and health certificate from the provincial or municipal Heath office stating that the resident is not a possible, probable or suspect case and that he or she did not exhibit flu – like symptoms in the last 5 days.
For Tuba, Tublay and Sablan, same restrictions and entry requirements are imposed on workers of government or private establishments. The advisory also stated that people in the said municipalities who need to come to Baguio for essential goods and services will also be allowed entry provided they present barangay quarantine pass along with the health certificate required of workers.
In case the person does not have medical certificate, he/she will be directed to the central triage unit at the Baguio Convention Center for proper health assessment.
Only members of provincial or municipal contact tracing teams and personnel of the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines and Bureau of Fire Protection are exempted from the travel restrictions.
The Baguio City temporary restriction advisory will take effect from November 21 up to December 4, 2020.
The city government also advises people of Baguio to limit travel to the four mentioned Benguet municipalities and offices and establishments that have workers in these areas are encouraged to implement work from home or alternate work arrangement during the restriction period.
The temporary access restriction is in line with the PDITR (Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat and Reintegrate) strategy of Baguio and implemented in consultations with the Regional Task Force COVID – 19 and in agreement with the provincial government of Benguet.
The advisory may be changed, amended or revoked pursuant to subsequent agreements with the provincial government, the local chief executives of BLISTT, or when necessary according to the COVID – 19 situation in the BLISTT areas. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar