BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Benjamin Magalong here announced the city will not only soften restrictions imposed upon those crossing Baguio-Itogon boundaries for essential needs but also backstop its neighbor in its battle against COVID-19.

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Mayor Benjamin Magalong

The Itogon municipal government had earlier issued Resolution 351, Series of 2020, urging Baguio City to reconsider border restrictions.

Itogon officials said in the resolution: “People of Itogon since time immemorial have considered Baguio City the source of basic and essential needs, especially food and medical supplies, go for work, and education.”

Magalong had earlier issued an order restricting border access between the two local government units, citing the surge of COVID-19 cases in the municipality last week of October.

He urged Itogon to recalibrate its COVID-19 response measures.

Magalong, during a meeting with Itogon officials at the city hall, said the city is ready to share facilities and additional resources for expanded testing with the municipality.

Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan and Vice Mayor Adriano Carantes Jr. agreed to broaden the municipality’s testing operations after Magalong gave word Baguio City will assist them.

Itogon residents from low risk areas of Barangays Dalupirip, Gumatdang, Loacan, Tinongdan, Tuding, and Ucab may enter the city to work or access essential goods or services.

They are required to present barangay residential certificates and certification from their Municipal Health Officer stating they are clear from COVID-19.

Residents from COVID-19 high-risk areas of Barangays Ampucao, Poblacion, and Virac may be allowed to enter the city for work only after presenting company cards, certificates of employment, or business permits showing they have business in this city.

Heightened border control measures between the two local governments will remain until Nov. 15.

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