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Medical Clearance Required For Inter-BLISTT Travel

Due to the reported entry of the B.1.1.7 Sars-CoV2 variant in La Trinidad and due to the impending transition of the Cordillera from MGCQ status to GCQ, the Mayors of the BLISTT (Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay) area came up with an Advisory on the Temporary Restricted Access between and among Baguio City, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, and Tublay.

Related Article: Cordillera to be placed under GCQ according to Mayor Magalong

Here are the notable salient points of the said advisory

    1. Inter-BLISTT travelers or residents of any of the BLISTT area who intend to travel to another area within BLISTT for purposes of work or for purposes of acquiring essential goods or services shall present a Medical Certificate / Medical Clearance. The said medical certificates shall be issued by a licensed physician stating that the resident has not shown any flu-like symptoms on the day of assessment.
    2. The Medical Certificates or Medical Clearances shall be valid for 10 days.
    3. For residents who will travel within BLISTT for a medical appointment, should only present their proof of medical appointment.
    4. Those traveling due to medical emergencies shall be allowed unhampered access.
    5. Unhampered passage shall also be given to personnel of cargo and logistics service providers, telecommunications, water and electricity utilities, IT, and waste management. While free access is afforded to these service providers, their personnel should adhere to a no-contact policy and shall always follow the minimum public health standards.
    6. Non-BLISTT residents traveling to Baguio shall follow the guidelines for non-tourists or guidelines for tourists depending on their purpose of travel.
    7. Non-BLISTT residents traveling to any parts of BLISTT except Baguio shall present their travel authority and medical certificate.

The Advisory shall take effect starting February 1 and ending on February 15, 2021, it is the same date as the implementation of the General Community Quarantine in the Cordilleras as previously announced by the Baguio City Mayor.


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