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This Week in Northern Luzon (March 26 to April 1, 2022)

Northern Luzon under COVID-19 Alert Level 1

By: Denisse Shawntel Tan | March 26, 2022

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Northern Luzon is currently under Alert Level 1—which means Baguio and Ilocos are making more progress in returning to pre-pandemic protocols or new normal. For one, tourism is making a comeback, and there hasn’t been any recent surge in COVID-19 cases after Baguio City increased its daily tourism quota under Alert Level 1.

Meanwhile, in Ilocos, face-to-face classes have started in more schools as the region achieved its target fully vaxxed population.


Lockdown News: More Ilocos schools start face-to-face classes


According to the Department of Education (DepEd), face-to-face classes resumed in other 503 schools in the Ilocos region last March 15. The new normal face-to-face classes under Alert Level 1 in Ilocos will continue to follow safety protocols for fully vaxxed students. The Alert Level 1 face-to-face protocol in the new normal includes the prohibition of communal eating in cafeterias; instead, students can eat their food at their respective seats. Wearing face masks is also part of the new normal health protocols in the face-to-face classes under Alert Level 1 [1].


Travel Updates: Baguio remains cooler than most areas


The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned that summer heat will continue all over the country due to the warm air in the Pacific Ocean. Those traveling to Baguio City can expect cooler temperatures ranging from 15 to 25°C. [2]


Health News


No COVID-19 surge in Baguio despite tourism reopening under Alert Level 1

The latest health data in Baguio didn’t record any increase in COVID-19 infections despite the high traffic of tourists and return of new normal tourism under Alert level 1, according to Mayor Benjamin Magalong.

Baguio City was one of the heavily hit areas in Northern Luzon during the height of the pandemic from 2020 to 2021, which resulted in the area limiting access to leisure tourists. Baguio City tourism reopened gradually under Alert Level 1, and last February, it removed its daily tourist cap in time for the Panagbenga Festival. This tourism event has been postponed for two years due to the pandemic. As of March 15, Baguio City has recorded an average of 8,000 to 9,000 visitors daily—which is more during holidays. By March 14, there were only 21 active cases of COVID-19 in Baguio City [3].



78% of the target population vaccinated in Ilocos

The Department of Health Center for Health Development in Ilocos announced that the area has reached 75% of its target fully vaxxed population that prepares residents for the new Alert Level 1 normal protocol in daily activities and tourism [4].

According to the DOH-CHD, there are now over 430,000 fully vaxxed individuals in Ilocos Norte; over 500,000 fully vaxxed individuals in Ilocos Sur and La Union; and 1.9 million in Pangasinan.

The remaining population that is partially vaccinated is 3.6 million.


Visit Yoorekka Magazine for more travel and COVID-19 updates and guidelines in Boracay and Iloilo!


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.



Sources:
[1] https://bit.ly/3tCvMYT
[2] https://bit.ly/3iBGokq
[3] https://bit.ly/3iBPiyC
[4] https://bit.ly/3iAAss2


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alert level 1, new normal, protocols, face to face classes, fully vaxxed, tourism

Northern Luzon is currently under Alert Level 1—which means Baguio and Ilocos are making more progress in returning to pre-pandemic protocols or new normal. For one, tourism is making a comeback, and there hasn’t been any recent surge in COVID-19 cases after Baguio City increased its daily tourism quota under Alert Level 1.

Meanwhile, in Ilocos, face-to-face classes have started in more schools as the region achieved its target fully vaxxed population.


Lockdown News: More Ilocos schools start face-to-face classes


According to the Department of Education (DepEd), face-to-face classes resumed in other 503 schools in the Ilocos region last March 15. The new normal face-to-face classes under Alert Level 1 in Ilocos will continue to follow safety protocols for fully vaxxed students. The Alert Level 1 face-to-face protocol in the new normal includes the prohibition of communal eating in cafeterias; instead, students can eat their food at their respective seats. Wearing face masks is also part of the new normal health protocols in the face-to-face classes under Alert Level 1 [1].


Travel Updates: Baguio remains cooler than most areas


The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned that summer heat will continue all over the country due to the warm air in the Pacific Ocean. Those traveling to Baguio City can expect cooler temperatures ranging from 15 to 25°C. [2]


Health News


No COVID-19 surge in Baguio despite tourism reopening under Alert Level 1

The latest health data in Baguio didn’t record any increase in COVID-19 infections despite the high traffic of tourists and return of new normal tourism under Alert level 1, according to Mayor Benjamin Magalong.

Baguio City was one of the heavily hit areas in Northern Luzon during the height of the pandemic from 2020 to 2021, which resulted in the area limiting access to leisure tourists. Baguio City tourism reopened gradually under Alert Level 1, and last February, it removed its daily tourist cap in time for the Panagbenga Festival. This tourism event has been postponed for two years due to the pandemic. As of March 15, Baguio City has recorded an average of 8,000 to 9,000 visitors daily—which is more during holidays. By March 14, there were only 21 active cases of COVID-19 in Baguio City [3].



78% of the target population vaccinated in Ilocos

The Department of Health Center for Health Development in Ilocos announced that the area has reached 75% of its target fully vaxxed population that prepares residents for the new Alert Level 1 normal protocol in daily activities and tourism [4].

According to the DOH-CHD, there are now over 430,000 fully vaxxed individuals in Ilocos Norte; over 500,000 fully vaxxed individuals in Ilocos Sur and La Union; and 1.9 million in Pangasinan.

The remaining population that is partially vaccinated is 3.6 million.


Visit Yoorekka Magazine for more travel and COVID-19 updates and guidelines in Boracay and Iloilo!


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.



Sources:
[1] https://bit.ly/3tCvMYT
[2] https://bit.ly/3iBGokq
[3] https://bit.ly/3iBPiyC
[4] https://bit.ly/3iAAss2


Check out this video:



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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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