BAGUIO CITY – The Mayors of the Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay (BLISTT) growth area agreed to follow Baguio City’s measures in implementing various enhanced community quarantine guidelines particularly on the restrictions on travel and mobility to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The mayors met on March 18 to address various issues that came about during the first days of the national government’s declaration of an enhanced community quarantine covering the whole of Luzon.
Baguio City Mayor and BLISTT Council Chair Benjamin Magalong was first to express his apologies on behalf of the city in that everything being done the City of Baguio impacts on the adjacent municipalities. Further, he called for need to synchronize all efforts on the enhanced community quarantine and escalate preventive measures. Itogon Mayor and BLISTT Council Vice-Chair Victorio Palangdan expressed urgency in adopting a unified effort saying, “we are willing to follow the procedures and protocols of the city, pagsayaatan tayu.” The mayors agreed to adopt the health declaration form of the City for consistency and facilitate the processing of those passing through the checkpoints set-up in entry and exit points in BLISTT. This form is easily accessible through the city’s website at baguio.gov.ph.
Further, Palangdan echoed the sentiments of the other mayors that a unified transportation scheme must be put in place and they agreed on a color-coding scheme for controlled local government transportation in the BLISTT area. Setting an example for other local governments, Sablan Mayor Manuel Munar, Jr., shared that the Sablan municipal government is subsidizing fuel expenses for vegetable farmers that deliver their goods to the City.
Moreover, the BLISTT mayors will fund and consolidate the orders for facemasks, alcohol and other essentials to augment the supply for frontline service workers in the whole BLISTT area. Mayor Magalong, being the Regional Peace and Order Council Chairman also sought the help of the provincial and city police offices as well as Cordillera office of the National Economic and Development Authority as the secretariat of the BLISTT council in consolidating information and implementing these BLISTT-wide rules.
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