This July, the national Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) retracted its early decision to disregard COVID-19 testing
when intrazonal traveling. However, Baguio City
continues to accept tourists from NCR Plus Bubble that can present valid vaccine cards according to the city government's latest travel guidelines. In addition to this measure, the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) enforces strict point-to-point border protocols to screen entry of untested travelers who are not willing to undergo testing.
Last July 11, BCPO Operations Officer Lt. Col. Domingo Gambican said that they will be conducting a card or form system. At any entry checkpoint, forms will be given to travelers—which must also be left at the exit checkpoint to make sure that they are just passing through the city. Gambican adds that the identity of the traveler will be communicated via radio at the exit checkpoint.
Since implementing the point-to-point protocol last July 4, reports from the BCPO recorded that 60% of vehicles are just passing through the city. Previously, 41% of vehicles claimed to be just passing through to skip antigen or RT-PCR swab tests, which led to more unchecked travelers staying in the city. In addition, bogus documents and IDs with fake home addresses were also used by travelers to enter Baguio City.
Gambican adds that traffic build-up will be more evident at checkpoints due to the strict enforcement of the protocols.
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