December 5, 2022

The mayors of Baguio and nearby Benguet towns have agreed to regulate the movement of residents as a means to curb the spread of the Covid-19.

In an advisory released on April 6, mayors of Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, and Tublay (Blistt) have agreed that travels are limited to essential purposes only from April 8 to 22.

Those who travel within the Blistt must present at the border checkpoints a proof that they are among the authorized persons outside residence (APOR), or are working in permitted industries. Among the proofs that may be presented are employment, task force, or contact tracer identification; certificate of employment; or business permit.

Others who are on essential travel must present a proof of appointment for transaction in any government or private agency or office or copies of confirmed medical appointment in any government or private health care facility.

Residents traveling within the Blistt to access essential goods or services are allowed, provided they do so on the assigned schedules provided by their respective local government units.

The Blistt mayors also agreed passage for cargo, delivery, and logistics services for essential and non-essential goods, food products and public utilities and travelers on emergency and medical purposes will remain unhampered.

Also, persons below 15 or over 65 and those immunocompromised were encouraged to avoid unnecessary travels outside of their homes except for indispensable purposes like medical reasons or for extremely important appointments.

The mayors agreed to regulate movement within the Blistt following the surge in Covid-19 cases.

“Almost a year into this pandemic, we seek everyone’s patience and cooperation in this bid to curtail our cases. We remind everyone to practice minimum health standards at all times and in all places,” the Blistt advisory stated. – Jane B. Cadalig