July 17, 2024

The local government of Mountain Province has eased entry protocols and border restrictions to allow its residents to freely move and start to see economic recovery happening.
In the sidelines of the 34th Cordillera Day program in Baguio City last July 15, Gov. Bonifacio Lacwasan said that transportation has resumed.
Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, he said Mountain Province implemented strict border control measures especially when the surge in Covid-19 cases placed the province in the radar of the national Inter-Agency Task Force.
He said they have liberalized movement of residents and authorized persons outside residence although there are still checkpoints at the provincial and municipal borders only to assure that there will be order.
“There are still checkpoints but not as strict as before when it was really difficult to enter the borders,” the governor said.
He added that some towns require negative RT-PCR results such as in Sagada which has consistently implemented strict border controls but generally, movement is easy.
Lacwasan clarified that tourists are not yet welcome especially in Sagada, a favorite destination of local and foreign tourists.
He said based on his recent meeting with Sagada Mayor James Pooten, the town might partially open in September. – PNA