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This Week in Northern Luzon (September 12 to 18, 2020)

Up in Northern Luzon, Baguio and Ilocos plan to reopen soon.

By: Antonette Louise Guiao | September 12, 2020
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Northern Luzon, COVID-19, MECQ, Quarantine Updates, safety protocols, Shopping News, Quarantine

President Rodrigo Duterte announced that the country has started to flatten the curve. While the National Capital Region has shown a decline in COVID-19 cases, other provinces including Bacolod City, Iloilo City, and General Santos City showed an increase in cases. Bacolod City and Lanao del Sur were upgraded to modified enhanced community quarantine or MECQ.

Meanwhile, provinces in Northern Luzon are now planning to reopen for tourism. The City of Baguio and some specific provinces in the Ilocos region will start to open their doors for tourists starting September 21. With that, Ilocos Norte will start to impose stricter operations to those who continuously violate the public safety guidelines.

Quarantine Updates

Baguio eased restrictions in the city last August 31

The City Government of Baguio announced that it will ease city restrictions starting August 31, 2020. According to Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, mall schedules will be suspended and residents no longer need to present mall and market passes upon entering private establishments. Individuals going to the public market must still follow their assigned schedule per district until further notice. Residents, including senior citizens, may now leave their homes to buy essentials, provided that they will follow public safety health protocols. [1]

Baguio City, Ilocos announce plans to reopen for tourism on Sept. 21

Baguio City, along with four provinces in the Ilocos Region, plans to reopen its doors for tourism starting September 21. Meanwhile, the local governments of Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Norte, and Ilocos Sur have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to revive tourism in the northern region.

Baguio will only be opening its borders to visitors from Region 1. Tourists will have to pre-register using the Visitors Information and Tourist Assistance or VIS.I.T.A. app in compliance with safety protocols. Guests will not be allowed to stay at a relative or a friend’s house as a health precaution. All tourists must also provide proof of booking in a hotel that has been authorized to operate by the Department of Tourism and the local government. They must also undergo triage upon entering the borders. [2 & 3]

Ilocos Norte cops boosted reinforcement of COVID-19 protocols

Police officers in Ilocos Norte enforced stricter operations against residents who violate health protocols, including individuals who are not wearing face masks in public places. Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office provincial director Col. Christopher Abrahano asked the public to follow minimum health protocols. The Philippine National Police has already arrested more than 500 individuals due to violation of safety protocols, mostly for violating the curfew and not wearing face masks, and 700 individuals were issued citation tickets. Ilocos Norte is under modified general community quarantine until September 30, 2020. [4]

Shopping News

Baguio City implements new public market schedule

The Public Information Office of Baguio released a new public market schedule for each district which took effect last September 1. The new schedule will only be applied to the Baguio Public Market, since mall and market passes or M&M passes are no longer required in malls. Individuals must first check their district number and their district’s designated M&M color in order to know their corresponding market schedule. Residents may only be allowed to do market chores on days that indicate their district color.

For questions and inquiries, the following numbers may be contacted: Market Office landline 300-6555, BCPO-TOC 0917-575-8993 (Globe) or 0998-598-7739 (Smart). To get the complete details and information of Baguio Public Market’s new schedule, visit Baguio City Guide’s Official Facebook page. [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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