Today, February 5, 2021 (Friday), the Department of Tourism (DOT) has announced that hotels and other accommodation establishments in the City of Baguio can resume receiving domestic tourists while the city is on General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
This after the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has passed a resolution granting the city “to resume hotel operations in consideration of the huge number of confirmed bookings for the month of February.”
Furthermore, the entire Cordillera including Baguio City was placed on GCQ for the whole month of February. This was announced by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque last January 29, 2021.
Here’s that statement stated in IATF Resolution No. 98, series of 2021 which was issued on February 4, 2021 (Thursday):
“The request of Baguio City for its hotels and other accommodation establishments to accommodate travelers for leisure purposes while under a General Community Quarantine Classification, subject to its continued strict observance of health and safety protocols ad contact tracing measures is granted.”
Here’s a statement of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
“Given Baguio City’s visitor information, registration and contract tracing system and the assurance to undertake stricter measures to make it work, we objectively endorsed the request to the IATF for guidance.”
Furthermore, as stated in the Public Information Office Facebook Page of the city, Baguio City was specifically granted said authority in recognition of its:
- Institutionalized protocols on registration requiring all to have a VISITA account
- Easy contact tracing of visitors using the QTP (QR-coded Tourist Pass) system
- Strict Triage procedures upon arrival.
In addition, DOT was “directed to come up with guidelines for the accommodation of guests for leisure and business purposes in areas under different levels of community quarantine.”
IATF Resolution No. 98
Check out the full copy of Resolution No. 98, HERE.
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