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Baguio imposes stricter safety protocols.

By: Antonette Louise Guiao | April 10, 2021
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Baguio City continues to come up with various courses of action to help curb the spread of COVID-19 and enhance their COVID-19 fight response efforts. Some of the measures include the construction of more health centers in the city to improve its health services and regular inspections to make sure establishments observe strict general community quarantine safety protocols.

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Baguio rushes to construct more health centers in the area

Baguio City is in a rush to erect two additional health centers in strategic areas to improve its health care services to people in barangays and help amplify the local government’s COVID-19 response efforts. City Administrator Bonifacio dela Pena said that the proposed community health center located in Bakakeng Norte/Sur will be constructed within a property that was donated to the city and construction shall start before June this year. Another is a proposed health center in Aurora Hill which will be constructed within a portion of Bayan Park.

Dela Pena added that both health centers will be provided with sufficient parking space for their respective clients to prevent the wayward parking of vehicles that can cause traffic congestions within their areas. The City Council will be working to amend the ordinance that prohibits putting up structures within Bayan Park to accommodate the Aurora Health Center proposal.

Meanwhile, the Bakakeng Health Center will serve as a replacement for the Atab District Health Center, which will be demolished for future road-widening projects. [1]

Baguio conducted strict GCQ inspections

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong issued Executive Order no. 40-2021 which prohibits the following establishments to operate:

- Driving schools
- Traditional cinemas, galleries, and cultural centers
- Libraries
- Archives
- Game arcades
- Indoor tourist attractions

While the following are allowed limited operations at 50%:

- Dine-in establishments
- Gyms, salons, spas, and personal establishments

The city government of Baguio conducted inspections for 143 establishments to check if they are in compliance with the general community quarantine or GCQ health protocols and restrictions.

Establishments including 11 driving schools; 4 cinemas, museums, and cultural centers; one library; two arcades; 55 food, beverage, and restaurants with dine-in; 15 personal health care, spas, and gyms; 23 events and function halls; and 29 accommodation establishments were informed about the GCQ protocols and warned that violators will be penalized accordingly.

According to Permits and Licensing Division Chief Allan Abayao, the inspections will be a persistent activity. A curfew of 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM was also reimposed, age-based restrictions were readopted, and physical fitness centers were kept at 50% capacity. [2]

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

All details and information in this article are true and accurate as of the publication date. While we are doing our utmost effort to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the condition surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be unpredictable and the situation develops rapidly, so it’s possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since this article was published. For the latest advice, visit DOH and your LGU's official websites.

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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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