Baguio jeepney customized to adhere to physical distancing

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 29, 2020   •   868

A jeepney in Baguio City went viral after it was customized to adhere to the physical distancing protocols of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Gideon Amino and his father Billmark Amino decided to place plastic dividers inside their jeepney to keep their passengers safe from possibly infecting each other.

Several of their passengers took to social media to show their appreciation for the efforts of Gideon and Billmark.

“I believe they did it not for fame, nor for monetary reason but for the sake of their clientele’s safety. Secondly, I posted this to make it as an example for others to follow,” according to Fe Carina Camaeg.

Billmark said it took them two hours to install the dividers and is encouraging others to do the same.

“Maraming salamat po sa pag-appreciate ng ginawa namin and gayahin niyo na lang po para safe lahat ng pasahero lalo na ang mga driver natin diyan. Maintain natin ang social distancing (Thank you for appreciating our efforts and you can copy this for the safety of all passengers especially the drivers. Let us maintain social distancing),” he said.

Billmark and Gideon also installed an alcohol dispenser so that passengers can disinfect before boarding.

However, due to the limited capacity, passengers had to pay double. According to Fe, she doesn’t mind paying an additional fare.

“I would like to say that even when fare rate goes higher than the usual, it is still okay because we need to understand that the drivers are also trying to make a living and that their usual income has been cut by 50% and then it is not on a daily basis now too,” her post reads. AAC (with reports from Grace Doctolero)

Baguio City suspends night market run due to crowd control lapses

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 2, 2020

The Baguio City government has suspended the operation of the night market after apparent lapses in crowd control.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong already ordered a post-night market assessment to evaluate the incident. The night market was reopened on Tuesday (December 1) as part of the city’s plan to reopen the economy and restore the livelihood of the displaced vendors affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Magalong, however, stressed that reopening businesses should not mean sacrificing the health and safety of the people.

“We must strike a balance between reopening the economy and safeguarding the health and safety of the people. This is our new normal direction,” he said.

City Treasurer Alex Cabarrubias and Market superintendent Fernando Ragma Jr. are set to identify weak points and vulnerabilities in the night market area and discuss solutions. AAC

Baguio City imposes temporary access restriction on nearby Benguet towns

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 20, 2020

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, tatanggap na ng turista mula Metro Manila, iba pang panig ng Luzon simula Oct. 23

Robie de Guzman   •   October 20, 2020

Simula sa Biyernes, Oktubre 23 ay maaari nang bumisita sa Baguio City ang mga turistang magmumula sa Metro Manila pati na sa Cagayan Valley at Central Luzon.

Ayon sa lokal na pamahalaan ng Baguio City, layunin nito na muling pasiglahin ang industriya ng turismo at iba pang sektor na malubhang naapektuhan ng coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Paalala ng mga otoridad sa mga bibisita, sumunod sa health protocols at iba pang panuntunan upang maiwasan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19.

Ang mga bibisita sa lungsod ay kailangang dumaan sa mahigpit na screening process.

Obligado rin silang mag-register online sa pamamagitan ng Visitors Information and Travel Assistance (VISITA) website, at magkaroon ng confirmed booking ng accommodation at designated hotel bilang bahagi ng monitoring sa mga bisita.

Kailangan ring magpakita ang mga turista ng negative confirmatory COVID-19 test result na isinagawa bago bumiyahe.

Limitado lang sa 200 turista ang maaaring pumasok sa Baguio City kada araw.

Una nang binuksan ang turismo sa lungsod noong Oktubre 1 para sa mga bisita mula sa Ilocos Region. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Grace Doctolero)

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