Redeployment of checkpoints in barangays ordered

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Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong ordered redeployment of checkpoints in the city’s 129-barangays.

This, to limit residents’ movements to essential and permitted activities before curfew hours.

In Memorandum No. 125 series of 2020 the mayor explained, recent spike in cases called for stricter measures to contain transmission of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

He said the city is still under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), which prohibits non-essential travels.

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As of press time, some barangays have started to comply with the mayor’s directives, setting-up checkpoints in coordination with the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO).

To serve as deterrent, the mayor said checkpoints must be located along barangay or interior roads and not on national or provincial roads. It must be operated under the supervision of the BCPO.

Checkpoints must ensure movement of residents are for essential purposes only; and, not outside current curfew hours. However, cargo vehicles passage must be unimpeded, the mayor reminded.

“We have been having a sharp increase in cases in our locale so, if you don’t have anything important to do, stay home. Let’s not put our guards down,” he reiterated.

By: Aileen P. Refuerzo

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