1,445 Baguio visitors sent home in September

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Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) personnel sent back a  total of 1,445 travelers  to their places of origin from September 1 to 27 after it was found  at the city’s borders that they either had no documents  or lacked the needed papers  to enter the Summer Capital.

This represents a 73 percent increase in the number of those caught without the needed papers  as compared to last week.

Two colorum vehicles were also apprehended by Baguio’s Finest at the borders during the same period.

This was revealed by City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office  chief Antonette Anaban during the virtual management committee meeting of local officials, Sept. 28, led by Mayor Benjamin Magalong.

She presented updates  on the city’s Delta variant contingency plan where stricter border control is one of the plan’s 20 key result areas.

The lion’s share of those who were sent packing back home, 670, where those caught at the Marcos Highway border; 146, Tuba Viewdeck; 103, Irisan; 114, Magsaysay; 121, Longlong Tacay; 241, Tiptop; 0, Kias; 6, Asin Tadiangan;35, Ambiong; and nine individuals were turned away at the Baguio-Tuding border.

No travelers  presenting fake documents  were apprehended while one colorum vehicle each was caught in the borders of Marcos Highway and Asin Tadiangan by police authorities .

The Mayor earlier ordered the BCPO under P/Col. Glenn Lonogan to enforce stricter control of the city’s borders due to the current surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases mostly due to its more infectious Delta variant.

The  contingency plan’s  other key result areas are:  Monitoring of compliance with MPHS; MPHS in establishments and workplaces; expanded age-based restrictions; limited mass gathering; conduct of classes, board review, registration, examinations within Baguio; promote use of telemedicine/telecommunication; management of the dead; implementation of rolling stores and market-to-home delivery; and vaccination program.

Expanded risk-based/targeted testing; aggressive contact tracing; isolation/quarantine policy and increase in bed capacities; community/granular lockdown; monitoring of critical care utilization; augmentation of health workers;  inventory/procurement of critical equipment; stockpiling of critical supplies and medicines; real-time referral and coordination of cases; mental health and wellness programs, are the other key result areas.

By: Gaby B. Keith
Photo by Armando M. Bolislis

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