January 29, 2023

LAGAWE, Ifugao – With the expected influx of returning residents for the holiday season, Mayor Martin Habawel, Jr. has issued an advisory on travel restrictions to minimize the spread of the Covid-19 in the municipality.

“The LGU will implement travel restrictions with a heavy heart, if only to minimize the (entry) of virus carriers in the community,” Habawel said.

Starting Dec. 21, Lagawe’s main quarantine facility will be closed for major repairs to address the complaints of individuals who were placed on quarantine in the facility and to increase its occupancy.

Those who want to spend their Christmas and New Year in the municipality should come earlier than Dec. 6 so they can undergo and finish the 14-day mandatory quarantine period before Dec.  20.

“After Dec. 5, the municipal government will only be accepting a limited number of travelers from outside the province who intend to stay for good in Lagawe. We will prioritize repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) or returning OFWs,” he added.

Lagawe will not admit travelers from outside the province who intend to stay in the locality after Dec. 10 unless they show a Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) results that they are negative of the Covid-19, released 24 hours before their arrival in the municipality.

Those who cannot present a negative RT-PCR test result will be denied entry.

A travel authority with no accompanying negative RT-PCR test will be treated as a pass that is valid only for official transactions in government offices or for business transactions not to exceed 5 p.m. of the day the traveler has arrived in the municipality.

As of Nov. 11, Lagawe listed 76 possible cases on quarantine, with no suspect, probable, and confirmed cases. – Marcelo B. Lihgawon