February 9, 2023

The Municipal Inter-Agency Task Force (MIATF) of La Trinidad, Benguet has requested Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong to recall his Nov. 19 advisory imposing temporary restrictions for residents of La Trinidad, Tuba, Tublay, and Sablan travelling to the city.

“The body was unanimous in expressing surprise and apprehension at the sudden issuance of the advisory which caught the municipality off-guard,” read the MIATF resolution, which was adopted during its meeting Nov. 20.

The move came after Magalong issued an advisory setting a temporary restricted access for residents of the nearby Benguet towns with the exception of Itogon, which was earlier given temporary restrictions to Baguio.

The temporary travel restrictions started on Nov. 21 and ends Dec. 4 to make way for health workers to address the rising Covid-19 cases in the BLISTT.

Salda said they are hoping that Magalong would recall the advisory immediately, saying the MIATF is not amenable with the restrictions.

Vice Mayor Roderick Awingan, co-chair of MIATF, said they would like the gray areas in the guidelines to be clarified. 

“The guidelines are not clear on those who have other purposes in Baguio beside those indicated in the advisory,” Awingan said.

The advisory stated that only residents of La Trinidad, Sablan, Tuba, and Tublay who are workers of public and private offices or establishments in Baguio, and those with medical appointments or medical emergencies, shall be allowed entry to the city during the period.

The same treatment shall be given to residents of Sablan, Tublay, and Tuba, with the addition that they can enter Baguio to access essential goods and services on the designated schedule provided by their respective barangays. – Ofelia C. Empian