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From September 1 to 7, several towns and cities in Ilocos Norte will remain under localized ECQ.

By: Denisse Shawntel Tan | September 04, 2021
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With the Ber month finally started, cold air is far from residents’ worries in Ilocos and Baguio. Localized lockdowns and stricter protocols are still prioritized since the dominant COVID-19 strain in the country is the highly transmissive Delta variant. However, this development doesn't hinder the plan of improving daily lives. Tourism reopening is possible in Sagada, and voter registration is now accessible in a major mall in Baguio City.

Lockdown News

Localized lockdown in effect in various Ilocos Norte areas

From September 1 to 7, several towns and cities in Ilocos Norte will remain under localized enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). Ilocos Norte governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc signed Executive Order No. 151-21—which states that all municipalities with the exemption of Adams, Carasi, Dumalneg, and Pagudpud, will remain under ECQ. The extension of ECQ status is due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in all areas under the strictest quarantine classification [1].

Returning residents are allowed to re-enter Ilocos Norte.

In addition to the localized lockdowns, Ilocos Norte LGU also lifted the ban against returning residents starting last August 30 [2]. Returning residents are also encouraged to cooperate with their respective LGUs for the proper procedure. All returning residents—vaccinated or not, must present negative RT-PCR results taken 60 hours before arrival. Acceptance letters from respective mayors must be secured by residents as well. Resident admittance will be given at the entrance. Quarantining is not mandatory, but returnees are encouraged to limit movements.

Travel Updates

Sagada is preparing for tourism reopening

A dry run on tourism reopening was conducted in Sagada last August 24. The brief reopening of tourism is for visitors who will also be coming from the Cordillera region. The test run lasted for five days, and it focused on improving the efficacy of the online registration, protocols, and validation of registered guests. Spots and tourism facilities were also tested in their capabilities in handling visitors [3].

New tourism packages are also being planned to promote agri-tourism. To prepare more residents for tourism opening, Sagada Mayor James Pooten Jr seeks the help of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) in speeding up the vaccination rollout in Sagada.

Consumer News

Voters’ registration is now accessible through SM City Baguio.

SM City Baguio will have a mobile site for voter registration from September 1 to September 30. The Commissions on Election will be accepting registrations from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM on weekdays, and 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on weekends [4]. The site is located at Level 3 near Cyberzone.

Requirements for registration are the following:

● Student ID or library card (new registration)
● Employee ID
● Government-issued ID

For those who have corrections or changes in entry:

● PSA Birth certificate
● Marriage contract

Health News

Baguio LGU cautions residents against dengue

Dengue cases are seen rising in 29 barangays in Baguio City, prompting Baguio LGU to advise residents in eliminating breeding sites of mosquitoes [5]. In 2021, Baguio City recorded 863 dengue cases from January to August. The cases also affected one-month-old infants to senior citizens above 60 years old.

Visit Yoorekka Consumer Magazine for more travel and COVID-19 updates and guidelines in Ilocos and Northern Luzon!

All details and information in this article are true and accurate as of the publication date. However, while we are making 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. Hence, 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 Denisse Shawntel Tan
Denisse Tan is currently a work in progress: she’s an aspiring writer, artist, and fashion designer! She’s trying to figure out how to manage her time in achieving all of her goals while also taking in life as humanly possible. Aside from art, she’s a big fan of the color pink, disco music, Bratz dolls, and Genshin Impact. By age 35, she plans to travel to New York City 🗽.
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