June 17, 2024

PARACELIS, Mountain Province – The local government here now requires negative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) or antigen test results before one can be allowed entry in the municipality.
Effective Jan. 9, all residents and individuals coming to Paracelis, including locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and authorized persons outside residences (APOR),  especially those  coming from places with active Covid-19 cases  should present  a negative RT-PCR or antigen test result before they can enter the municipality.
Mayor Marcos Ayangwa said the Municipal Inter-Agency Task Force for Covid-19 started implementing a “No RT PCR/Antigen Test, No Entry” policy to insulate the municipality from the effects of surging cases in nearby towns or red areas to further protect the residents.  
Municipal Administrator Christian Van Talawec said a negative RT-PCR or antigen test result should have been taken at least 24 to 72 hours from date of arrival at the quarantine control point of the municipality. Incoming individuals will be placed on a mandatory 14-day isolation or home quarantine before they are allowed to go home or report back to work.
Talawec said a negative swab result is mandatory when the APOR or non-APOR stayed in a place with active cases for more than 24 hours.
If the individual has travelled or stayed at red areas for not more than 24 hours, there is no need to present swab test result, except when the travel or point of origin is Manila or Baguio City, which will require a negative RT-PCR or antigen test result.
Aside from the RT-PCR or antigen test results, Talawec said APORs are also required to present a company or office ID and certificate of employment or principal acknowledgment labor/service; company or office travel order with health declaration and travel pass or authority.
Non-APORs are also required to present travel authority and health declaration form from the place of origin.
Those who are passing through going to Barlig and Natonin will be checked for their documents and endorsed to their respective LGUs.
Meanwhile, Barlig Mayor Clark Ngaya issued a public advisory on Jan. 13 requiring RT-PCR negative results for locally stranded individuals entering the municipality.  
The RT-PCR test is valid for three days only.
To date, Paracelis has 11 Covid-19 confirmed cases while Barlig has three with all the patients already recovered from the infection. – Redjie M. Cawisa