Baguio City imposes temporary access restriction on nearby Benguet towns

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 20, 2020   •   453

MANILA, Philippines — The local government of Baguio City will implement a temporary restricted access between the city and the municipalities of La Trinidad, Tuba, Tublay, and Sablan from November 21 to December 4.

The restriction is due to the high rate of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the said areas.

Only residents in the said towns who work in offices and establishments in Baguio City will be allowed entry. The exception also includes individuals with medical appointments and emergencies.

Residents in these towns must present proper documents, such as quarantine passes, government-issued identification, or any business and employment documents.

The local government also reminded residents to limit their travels while a work-from-home setting is encouraged. AAC (with reports from Grace Doctolero)

Baguio City adds wearing of face shield to list of mandatory safety precautions

Marje Pelayo   •   May 10, 2021

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines — The Baguio City government made the wearing of face shields mandatory in all public areas in the city.

According to Baguio City Public Information Office (PIO)  Chief Aileen Refuerzo, the city’s legislative body has approved on final reading Ordinance No. 49, series of 2021, or the Face Mask, Face Shield Ordinance of 2021.

This amended Ordinance No. 45-2020 or the Face Mask Ordinance of 2020 in the City of Baguio by incorporating the face shield requirement.

According to the ordinance, aside from wearing face masks, the public is now directed to wear face shields as added protection against the deadly viral disease.

“Any person venturing outside the comforts of their respective abodes, or going to public buildings and places shall at all time wear face masks and face shields until the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is completely eliminated in the Philippines or during the State of Public Health Emergency,” the ordinance read.

The amended ordinance now also regulates the indiscriminate disposal of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the city.

The new policy also emphasized that any person is not allowed to make business transactions without a face mask and face shield in public areas such as public markets, supermarkets, groceries, malls, shopping centers, banks, and in any offices of the government.

A “No Face Shield, No Face Mask, No Ride” policy will apply in all public transportation sectors.

The Baguio City PIO also posted on Facebook several exceptions in the implementation of the ordinance.

Posted by Public Information Office – City of Baguio on Sunday, May 9, 2021

 

Penalty for non-compliance in face mask order is P1,000 to P3,000 for first to third offense or cancellation of a business permit as appropriate.

Meanwhile, the penalties for not wearing a face shield and improper disposal of PPEs, discarded face masks, and face shields are P500 for the first offense, P1,000 for the second offense, and P2,000 for the third offense and cancellation of the permit as appropriate.

Baguio City, nagsagawa ng simulation sa proseso ng COVID-19 vaccination

Robie de Guzman   •   February 15, 2021

BAGUIO CITY – Nagdaos ngayong Lunes ng simulation exercise ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Baguio City para sa proseso ng pagbabakuna kontra novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Ito ang bilang paghahanda sa inaasahang pagdating ng unang batch ng COVID-19 vaccines sa bansa at pag-arangkada ng mass vaccination program ng pamahalaan ngayong buwan ng Pebrero.

Sa unang bahagi ng simulation, isinagawa ang vaccine transport procedure mula sa City Health Office sa T. Alonzo patungo sa vaccination area sa gym ng University of Baguio.

Walong minuto ang nai-record na oras ng paghahatid ng bakuna.

Sa ikalawang bahagi ng simulation ay inilatag naman ang pagkakasunud-sunod ng bawat phase ng proseso gaya ng paglalagay ng waiting area, registration, counselling, medical screening, at vaccination area sa itinakdang vaccination site.

Upang mapabilis ang proseso, kailangang dumaan sa online pre-registration ang mga magpapabakuna bago ang mismong araw ng immunization.

Pagkatapos nito ay dadaan sila sa counselling at screening para sa anumang impormasyon o katanungan ukol sa pagpapabakuna. Sa phase na ito rin maaaring hilingin sa mga magpapabakuna ang kanilang health status at iba pang bagay na kailangang dumaan sa beripikasyon.

Ipinakita rin ang mga panuntunan at prosesong dapat sundin ng mga magpapabakuna, bago at pagkatapos nilang maturukan, para na rin sa kanilang kaligtasan.

Tiniyak rin ng lokal na pamahalaan na may ilalagay silang standby medical at healthcare workers, pati na ng ambulansiya, sa post-vaccination area upang agad tumugon sa sinumang mangangailangan ng atensiyong medikal o kaya ay magkakaroon ng reaksyon sa tinanggap na bakuna.

Ayon sa lokal na pamahalaan, mahalaga ang pagsasagawa ng simulation upang ma-assess ang proseso at matugunan ang mga nasalungang isyu sa transportation at vaccination.

Ilan sa mga napansin nilang kailangan pang pagtuunan ng pansin ay ang sitwasyon ng mga persons with disabilities (PWD) na maaaring lumahok sa programa gayundin ang pagsasagawa ng sanitation sa bawat lugar.

Ayon kay Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, magagamit ang assessment ng evaluation team sa ginawang simulation upang mapag-ibayo pa ang kalidad at kahandaan ng Baguio City sa pagpapatupad ng COVID-19 vaccination program. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Marvin Calas)

Baguio City to conduct pooled RT-PCR tests for business establishments

Marje Pelayo   •   February 15, 2021

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – The city government of Baguio City will be conducting pooled polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing for business establishments.

The pooled testing will be held February 16 to 19, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the following areas:

  • SM Ground Floor Parking Area- February 16 (Tuesday)
  • Porta Vaga- February 17 (Wednesday)
  • Center Mall Function Area- February 18 (Thursday)
  • Abanao Square Roof Deck- February 19 (Friday)

During the duration of the testing, samples collected from a group of five are tested in a single batch using one test kit only at the Molecular Laboratory of the Baguio General Hospital.

Meanwhile, local authorities encouraged business owners to support the initiative and subject their employees to pooled testing.

The said method is backed by scientific research and is more affordable than the usual RT-PCR test. MNP / Rhuss Egano

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