September 25, 2023

SAGADA, Mountain Province – This mountain resort town remains closed to tourists despite the lowered community quarantine classification of the province.
Mayor James Pooten Jr. clarified even as Mountain Province is placed under modified general community quarantine this month by the National Inter-Agency Task Force, the town is not yet welcoming tourists.
Consistent with   NIATF Resolution 124-B issued on July 2 on the new protocols for the management of Covid-19, only fully vaccinated individuals or those who shall be considered fully vaccinated for Covid-19 at least two weeks after having received their second doses are allowed entry in the municipality, provided the purpose of the travel is not for leisure and tourism, Pooten said.
In Advisory 56 issued by the mayor, entry of fully vaccinated individuals from GCQ and MGCQ areas shall be allowed upon presentation of a Covid-19 vaccination card duly issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment, or certificate of quarantine completion issued by the Bureau of Quarantine. Vaccination or certificate of quarantine completion shall be sufficient alternative to any testing requirement.
 Close contacts of Covid-19 cases who are fully vaccinated may undergo the seven-day quarantine period provided the individual remains asymptomatic.
Pooten said individuals to be allowed entry are only residents of the municipality coming back home and authorized persons outside residence or APORs with essential travel or purpose in the municipality who have been fully vaccinated.
Tourists or other persons entering the municipality for purposes of leisure and tourism are not yet allowed and this has been emphasized in an earlier advisory issued by the municipal IATF.
 In Advisory 55, returning residents from outside Mountain Province who shall remain within the municipality for less than seven days shall be required to present a negative antigen test result taken within 24 hours from travel or RT-PCR test result taken 72 hours prior to travel.
APORs regularly crossing municipalities are advised to submit themselves to the Municipal Health Office for testing every 15 days.
Control points located in Pegeo, Antadao, and Madoto shall be manned from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m., after which all persons entering the municipality shall be monitored by their respective barangay officials.
Public vehicles allowed to ferry passengers shall ensure all their respective passengers present a negative Covid-19 test result prior to boarding.
 Covid-19 monitoring hubs shall continue to conduct health and exposure screening to all individuals arriving in the municipality. – Redjie M. Cawis