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This Week in Northern Luzon (August 22 to 28, 2020)

Get all the Northern Luzon quarantine updates here.

By: Antonette Louise Guiao | August 22, 2020
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Last August 17, President Rodrigo Duterte announced the updated community quarantine guidelines and statuses. Specific areas including NCR, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Nueva Ecija, Batangas, Quezon, Iloilo City, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Talisay, and the municipalities of Minglanilla and Consolacion were placed under the general community quarantine or GCQ. The rest of the country, including Baguio, Ilocos Norte, and Ilocos Sur, were placed under modified general community quarantine or MGCQ. In line with this, Baguio City implements a temporary transport scheme and comes up with plans to establish more markets. Benguet province, meanwhile, opens up a new quarantine facility.

Quarantine Updates: Baguio remains under MGCQ, with granular lockdowns on selected areas

The City of Baguio remains under modified general community quarantine as per the announcement of President Duterte last August 17. However, granular lockdown was implemented by Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong in specific areas in the city [1,2, & 3]. According to Memorandum No. 192, the following places are under granular lockdown: Molave Drive, Purok 3, Barangay Asin Road and Purok 5, Barangay Padre Burgos. Meanwhile, as per Memorandum No. 194, the granular lockdown in these areas will be immediately lifted: Hamada Compound, Barangay MRR-Queen of Peace and Purok 7, Barangay New Lucban.

Lastly, lockdown orders over these areas will be lifted immediately through Memorandum No. 193:

1. Barangay Bakakeng Central
2. Barangay Honeymoon Holyghost
3. Barangay Lower General Luna
4. Barangay Poliwes

Transportation News: Baguio announces temporary transport scheme

Baguio Traffic and Transport Technical Working Group proposed a temporary transportation scheme that is in effect from August 16 until August 31, 2020. The temporary transport scheme includes guidelines on private vehicles and motorcycles and their corresponding number coding scheme, public utility jeepneys, cargo and delivery trucks, taxis, and bicycles. Visit Baguio City Guide’s official website for the complete details and more information on the city’s transport scheme. [4]

Shopping News: Baguio City lays out plan to build more markets

Baguio’s city government laid out its plan to build 5 more barangay satellite markets to help decongest human traffic at the Baguio City Public Market. This will also help give its residents jobs. According to architect Johnny Degay of City Buildings and Architecture Office, the markets have been considered as long-term plans. Due to the restricted movement of people because of the quarantine, the said project has now gained more significance. A four-story satellite market will soon rise in Gibraltar District, and markets in Barangays San Vicente, Middle Quezon Hill, Dominican-Mirador, and Bayan Park have been lined up. [5]

Health News

Benguet opened Quarantine Facility II

The province of La Trinidad, Benguet opened another provincial quarantine facility in Barangay Wangal. City Governor Melchor Diclas, along with the 13 mayors, announced the opening of the said facility last August 14, 2020. This comes at a crucial moment, especially now that the Benguet General Hospital reached its full capacity. The province used the Benguet Training Center as triage center and temporary quarantine facility for locally stranded individuals and returning OFWs. As of Thursday, Benguet has already recorded a total of 122 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 53 active cases, 68 recoveries, and 1 death. [6]

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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