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Transportation schemes in Baguio under the GQ are laid out.

By: Antonette Louise Guiao | May 08, 2021
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Baguio City remains under general community quarantine or GCQ. Authorities started laying out transportation schemes while the city continues to be under this quarantine status. Meanwhile, Benguet General Hospital received a new RT-PCR machine as a donation that can help speed up the process of COVID-19 testing in the area.

Transportation News

Baguio released temporary transportation scheme for May

The Public Information Office of Baguio City released an advisory for its new transportation scheme for the month of May while under GCQ. The Baguio City Number Coding Scheme will be in effect and will apply to all private vehicles and motorcycles travelling within the city. Below are the following number codes and the corresponding day when they’re prohibited:

• 1 - 2 - Monday
• 3 - 4 - Tuesday
• 5 - 6 - Wednesday
• 7 - 8 - Thursday
• 9 - 0 - Friday

The following people are exempted from the ordinance:

• Health workers, medical workers, and members of the Baguio City Contact Tracing Team
• Uniformed personnel of the AFP, PNP, BFP, PCG, BJMP, and BUCOR
• Service providers in emergency and disaster management
• Utility services for water, electricity, telecommunications, and waste management
• People authorized by the local COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force
• All public utility vehicles

The “no face mask and face shield, no ride” policy will be strictly implemented. Both passengers and public utility jeepney drivers are required to wear face shields and face masks for the entire duration of their trip. There should be plastic barriers between the driver and the front passenger and the barrier must completely enclose the driver. Taxis may operate from 6:00 AM to 6:00 AM the following day. Special taxis may be contacted through taxi-hailing applications. [1]

Health News

Benguet General Hospital received additional RT-PCR machines

Benguet General Hospital (BeGH) received additional RT-PCR machines from Benguet Caretaker Congressman and Anti-Crime and Terrorism through Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) Party-list Rep Eric Yap. The original RT-PCR machine is set to be repaired to avoid any more backlogs in the tests.

This donation aims to help make BeGH fully operational to decongest Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center’s molecular laboratory. The facility will also conduct test specimens from other parts of Cordillera. [2]

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All details and information in this article and other health articles of Yoorekka 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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