Mayor Benjamin Magalong convened an Inter – agency Task Force on COVID – 19 meeting on Thursday where the city government presented the action plan and provided updates on the case status as well as vaccination accomplishments in the city.
Under the Delta variant action plan, stricter border control and a ban on non – essential travels are now being imposed while stricter rules are also being applied to APORs or Authorized Person Outside Residences as there are individuals who were found using fake travel documents.
Capacity of business/commercial establishments are reduced. Offices, both government and private, are told to reduce their daily workforce and to implement alternative working arrangements.
The city government is also expanding the capacity of its temporary treatment and monitoring facilities and is in close coordination with Baguio hospitals, particularly with the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, for the crafting of contingency plans for possible surge of cases.
Baguio LGU has bought 250 oxygen tanks and allotted around P8 million for stockpiling of COVID – 19 medicines in anticipation for possible surge in cases.
Magalong solicited the support and cooperation of all sectors in Baguio City in strictly complying with the minimum public health standards and other safety protocols being implemented in Baguio, and to the city’s vaccination program to ensure that more citizens will get added protection, especially those in the vulnerable sector.
The mayor also advised the use of double mask especially when indoors, in crowded places and enclosed spaces with poor ventilation, for stronger barrier against the more transmissible COVID – 19 variants like the Delta.
With the Delta variant already in the country, the city government can only prepare and slow it down but eventually it will hit Baguio, thus, everybody must be vigilant and continue to protect themselves, Magalong stressed.
The City Health Services Office shared that as confirmed by the Philippine Gnome Center, there were 144 variants of concern detected from Baguio cases where 101 are Alpha (UK variant) and 43 Beta (Brazil variant).( JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito Dar