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This Week in Northern Luzon (May 2 to 8, 2020)

Benguet, including Baguio City, is still under enhanced community quarantine.

By: Antonette Louise Guiao | May 02, 2020
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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has just announced the extension of the enhanced community quarantine in selected high-risk areas in the country until May 15, 2020. Meanwhile, the places that are considered low to moderate-risk are placed under general community quarantine: a type of quarantine that’s more lenient compared to the ECQ. In Northern Luzon, the province of Benguet, including Baguio City, is still under ECQ, but provinces including Apayao, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Kalinga, Ilocos Sur, and Batanes have been placed under GCQ. In line with this, local government units are continuously coming up with initiatives and projects to help keep their residents healthy and safe.

Quarantine Updates

Baguio Mayor warns to lock down moma-stained baranggays

More than ever, proper hygiene and sanitation must be observed. With this, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong has ordered the Baguio City Police Office or BCPO to do aggressive monitoring against the unregulated moma or betel nut chewing and spitting in barangays. Magalong said that the presence of moma spits in barangays will be a reason for lockdown. The city already has an existing Anti-Moma Ordinance authored by Councilor Joel Alangsab which regulates the chewing and spitting of moma in public places and selling of moma products to minors. Violations thereof will be imposed with penalties. [1]

Shopping News

SM Baguio’s releases updated schedule

In line with the extension of the enhanced community quarantine, SM Baguio has announced its new schedule. The new operating hours will be effective starting April 28, 2020 until further notice. Below are the list of open stores and their adjusted hours:

1. SM Supermarket, LG - 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
2. Watsons, LG - 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
3. Bills Payment Counter, LG - Monday to Saturday: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Sunday: Closed
4. North Terrace Parking - 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
5. Watsons, UG - 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
6. BDO, Luneta Hill - Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM to 1:00PM, Saturday & Sunday: Closed
7. Benguet Laboratories, SM Cyber Building - Monday to Friday: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Saturday to Sunday - Closed
8. Ace Hardware, L2 - Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sunday to Wednesday: Closed
9. BDO, UG - Monday to Friday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Saturday to Sunday: Closed
10. GNC, LG - Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Sunday: closed

To get the complete list of restaurants, fast food chains, and other food stores and their corresponding schedules, you may visit SM Baguio’s official Facebook page. [2]

Baguio Public Market is being disinfected

As a response to the COVID-19 threat, Upper Magsaysay Barangay Captain Priscilla Dacanay, along with her barangay officials, leads the disinfection of the public market in Baguio. Public markets are known to be one of the most crowded areas in the city, which is why spraying it with disinfectant every afternoon is a must. [3]

Health News: Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center provides online consultations

Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center has just provided a list of hotlines that people can call if they are too worried to go to the hospital due to the global pandemic. The hospital gave out the contact numbers, Facebook pages, and email addresses of various departments that may be used for Out Patient Consultations. You may check the list below:

1. Internal Medicine
Number: 09062488077 (Globe), 09331117965 (Smart)
Facebook: BGHMC Internal Medicine

2. Pediatrics
Number: 09772440718 (Globe)
Facebook: Pediatrics BGHMC

3. Surgery
Number:09662792852 (Globe), 09610260789 (Smart)
Email address:

4. OB-Gyne
Number: 09257292940 (Smart)
Facebook: BGHMC OB-GYN

5. ENT
Number: 09457956862 (Globe), 09474638273 (Smart)
Facebook: BGHMC Otorhinolaryngology

6. Ophthalmology
Number: 09456238473 (Globe)
Facebook: BGHMC Ophthalmology

7. Orthopedics
Number: 09156618367 (Globe)
Facebook: Ortho BGH OPD

8. Psychiatry
Number: 09560069808 (Globe), 09515998778 (Smart)
Facebook: BGHMCPsychSupport

9. Neuroscience
Number: 09325759966 (Smart)
Facebook: BGHMC Neurology OPD

10. Anesthesia
Number: 09662615453 (Globe)

11. Radiology
Number: 09053645744

12. Pathology
Number: 09776748928 (Globe), 09214638354 (Smart)

13. Family Medicine
Numbers: 09776748928 (Globe), 09214638354 (Smart) [4]

Ilocos Norte to implement a feeding program for children in response to COVID-19

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Council (PDRRMC) together with the Provincial Nutrition Council (PNC) in Ilocos Norte will be implementing a 120-day feeding program starting April 27. This will be done in order to help undernourished children and feed them with Nutribuns and pasteurized Choco-Milk to improve their nutritional status and boost their immunity systems. According to PDRRMC and PNC, the said initiative is part of the service package under Nutrition in Emergencies, for feeding malnourished children is deemed essential amid the COVID-19 threat.

The Cities of Batac and Laoag, Badoc, Pinili, San Nicolas, Currimao, and Paoay towns will receive their share every Monday, from April 27 to August 25; Adams, Pagudpud, Bangui, Burgos, Pasuquin, Bacarra, Dumalneg, and Vintar on Tuesdays, from April 28 to August 26; and Banna, Dingras, Solsona, Nueva Era, Marcos, Piddig, Carasi, and Sarrat every Wednesday, starting April 2 to August 27. [5]

Go to Yoorekka for more COVID-19 updates in Northern Luzon.

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About Antonette Louise Guiao
Antonette is a writer, a night owl, an extrovert, and a BTS ARMY. Her spare time is consumed by drawing digital vector art, sleeping, binge-watching Netflix series, and learning how to cook. An adventurer by heart, she aspires to travel the world with her family, try extreme outdoor activities, and taste all sorts of food in different countries.
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