July 13, 2024

Entry within the BLISTT area have been limited to travels for work, official business, and for access to essential goods and services from Dec. 16 to 22.

In a joint advisory issued Dec. 14, Mayors Benjamin Magalong of Baguio City, Romeo Salda of La Trinidad, Victorio Palangdan of Itogon, Manuel Munar of Sablan, Clarita Salongan of Tuba, and Armando Lauro of Tublay have decided to implement and observe temporary enhanced regulation among the BLISTT units to avoid the increase of Covid-19 cases this season, the possibility of a more strict community quarantine, and in consideration of the capacity of hospitals and health facilities in the area.

“We call on our constituents’ patience, understanding, and cooperation as we hurdle the end of this tumultuous year when we continue to face the threat of a rise in confirmed cases during the holiday season. It is necessary to act now and manage this trend to avoid the possibility of an escalated community quarantine status,” the mayors said.

Since Dec. 16, residents are required to present valid government identification document as proof of residents and health declaration form at the border checkpoints.

Health workers, uniformed personnel; members of the city, municipal, provincial contact tracing teams and Covid-19 task force personnel and agency offices workers need only to present their valid government ID.

Cargo and logistics services and service providers for water, electricity, telecommunications, ICT, and waste management utilities shall continue to have unhampered passage through the checkpoints.

Travelers from other provinces and regions who are non-BLISTT residents must present their QR code registration form for Baguio City or travel authority for LISTT, and medical certificate issued in their place of origin.

“We urge everyone to limit other movements and activities so that together we lessen the risk and transmission between and within our respective units. Let us always prioritize health and safety and consider the welfare of those around us especially senior citizens, children and immunocompromised constituents,” the mayors said. – Hanna C. Lacsamana