LT Mayor appeals to residents to  follow health protocols, new guidelines

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Feb 1, (PIA) -- Mayor Romeo Salda appealed to his constituents to strictly comply with the minimum public health protocols and follow the guidelines with the implementation of the General Community Quarantine and the new border control measures within the Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba and Tublay(BLISTT)  area effective today. 

La Trinidad Mayor Salda appeals to his constituents to continue to follow the different health protocols and other guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. RMC PIA-CAR 

“We  appeal to  the La Trinidad residents for their understanding and compliance on the implementation of the GCQ by the National IATF, and the new border control implemented within the BLISTT area,” Salda said in an interview. 

He also reminded  the   residents  to strictly comply with the minimum public health standards such as wearing of facemasks and face shields, maintaining proper hygiene such as washing hands and observing social and physical distancing and avoiding mass gatherings. 

“These are not burden being imposed to the public but are measures to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 in the community,” the mayor stressed.

From February 1 to 28, 2021, the whole of the Cordillera Administrative Region is placed under GCQ.  Prior to the GCQ declaration, the BLISTT Governing Council approved to implement anew a Temporary Restricted Access between and among the BLISTT areas from February 1 to 15.The border restriction is applicable under GCQ guidelines. 

The new protocols that impose more restrictions on movement of people aim to mitigate the spread of the disease with the continuing rise of COVID-19 cases in Baguio City, Benguet and the rest of the Cordillera region and the confirmation of the presence of the B.1.1.7 or the UK variant of the COVID-19 in La Trinidad and in Bontoc, Mountain Province recently. 

From 1,037 COVID-19 cases at the end of last year, La Trinidad   recorded additional 319 cases as of January 31, 2021 bringing the total COVID-19 cases to 1,356 including 25 deaths.

With the border restrictions, all inter - BLISTT travelers, for the purpose of travel or to avail of essential goods and services, shall present medical certificate or medical clearance issued by any licensed physician affirming that the resident has not exhibited flu-like symptoms as of the time of assessment. Said medical certificate or clearance is valid for 10 days.

Salda said that the local government is issuing medical certificates at the Municipal Gymnasium free of charge. 

For persons who are travelling for medical appointments or consultation, they need only to show proof of their confirmed appointments while those with immediate medical emergencies shall be allowed to pass through freely.

Likewise, cargo and logistics services, water,electricity and communications, IT and waste management shall likewise be given unhampered passage, provided their personnel maintain a no - contact policy and shall strictly observe minimum public health standards at all times.

Non-resident travelers coming to BLISTT from other areas must present their travel authority/permit and medical certificate issued in their place of origin.

Salda said that GCQ measures implemented during previous months of the municipality will still be followed. It includes the strict implementation of 30 percent seating capacity for religious gatherings, the implementation of the curfew hours from 8:00OM to 6:00 OM and liquor ban. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR) 



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