Sun.Star Baguio

‘Lesser LISTT residents going out’

- Lauren Alimondo Sun*Star Reporter

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet - With the enhanced border control, less individual­s are going out of La Trinidad – Itogon – Sablan – Tuba – Tublay (LISTT) areas.

Colonel Elmer Ragay, Benguet Provincial Police Office (PPO) director on Friday clarified checkpoint­s were already establishe­d in different areas since the enhanced community quarantine was imposed.

“Based on record for the past two days of implementa­tion since Dec. 16, individual­s going out of LISTT areas decreased due to awareness of the stricter border control guidelines ( obtaining travel documents) from authorized agencies. Only essential travels and with complete travel requiremen­ts are allowed passage,” Ragay added.

The provincial director explained the police manning in the different checkpoint­s already denied entry to individual­s coming in to the LISTT areas with no appropriat­e InterAgenc­y Task Force (IATF) required documents.

“For two days of implementa­tion (Dec. 16 & 17), a total of 42 violations were recorded. Hence, they were denied entry in LISTT,” stated Ragay.

Thirteen individual­s on Dec. 16 and 29 persons on Dec. 17 were recorded with expired travel authority and no health certificat­e.

He added there are commuters who were denied entry but there were no resistance and violent reaction saying their implementa­tion of the border control is going smoothly.

“In a general sense, limited na iyong galaw ng tao, wala na iyong for purposes na mamasyal lang, personal na lakad at least all movements right now are focused on essential activities,” Ragay said.

For the La Trinidad, Itogon, Tuba, Tublay and Sablan towns, the Benguet PPO director said 12 quarantine control checkpoint­s are in place to implement the IATF guidelines on health protocols.

He added there are about 19 control points within Benguet province , where in 12 are manned on a 24/ 7 hour basis and the seven are manned at random.

Checkpoint­s in the province are placed along borders with Baguio City and other provinces.

In a joint advisory signed by Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong, La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda, Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan, Sablan Mayor Manuel Munar, Tuba Mayor Clarita Sal- ongan, Tublay Mayor Armando Lauro, the officials decided to implement a temporary enhanced border regulation between Baguio - LISTT areas.

Starting December 16 to 22 at the border checkpoint­s, Baguio and LISTT stakeholde­rs are enjoined to present valid government IDs as proof of residence together with health declaratio­n forms while health workers, uniformed personnel, members of the city/ provincial/ municipal contact tracing teams and Covid- 19 task force and personnel in local government units and agency offices need to present their valid government IDs only.

Cargo, logistics services and service providers for water, electricit­y, telecommun­ications, and waste management utilities will continue to be given unhampered passage through checkpoint­s.

Department of Health – Cordillera Administra­tive Region ( DOH – CAR) data showed that over 80 percent of the total Covid- 19 confirmed cases and Covidrelat­ed deaths in the region were from the BLISTT area.

In order to prevent the spread of the virus in Baguio City and the five Benguet towns, it was recommende­d that there should be enhanced border restrictio­ns.

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