Renowned tourist destination Baguio City has not recorded a new case of the infectious disease for 11 straight days- a development its local government attributed to early prevention measures.

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong shared to CNN Philippines how three initiatives- transparency, mass testing, and effective contact tracing- helped the "City of Pines" in its campaign to control the spread of the virus.

COVID-19 patients are named
COVID-positive patients in Baguio City do not go by mere numbers for their identities. Instead, they disclose their names to the public- a move Magalong said is advantageous for the contact tracing procedure.

"Transparency is actually key to earlier detection, key to contact tracing, key to prevention," Magalong said in an interview with The Source on Wednesday, adding that he has "personally talked" to patients regarding the disclosure of their identities.

He said some were initially hesitant to do so, but eventually gave in.

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