Magalong's statement on San Juan City Mayor's Quarantine Protocol breach
There is utmost need to re-assert the policy position of the City Government, that no one, regardless of rank and position, is exempted from the established and long-held health and safety protocols when entering the city. I reiterate this as an uncompromising measure for everyone, whether public or private status, to comply with the city's border control checkpoints upon entry in Baguio boundaries, to ensure that no one is put to undue health risk while in the city.
This policy is strongly iterated in view of the apparent violation of existing health protocols by a group of visiting officials led by San Juan, Metro Manila Mayor Francis Zamora --- ignoring the border control checkpoint at Kennon Road, and proceeding to their place of destination (Baguio Country Club) without their having to undergo the mandatory triage health examination.
These were the facts of the unfortunate incident that has drawn much comment in the social media. As reported to me (at that time I was in Metro Manila on an official business matter) by PNP Baguio city director Allen Rae Co, Mayor Zamora of San Juan, Metro Manila, arrived at the Kennon Road quarantine checkpoint at around 2:30 PM of June 5, 2020, on board a convoy of 6 vehicles, with uniformed personnel inside. When his group was flagged down for inspection, the driver of the lead vehicle just slowed down a bit, and merely told the checkpoint personnel that he was part of a convoy, pointing out the vehicles tailing his police car, then forthwith sped off with the Mayor's entourage in tow.
Accordingly, checkpoint personnel radioed the BCPO traffic operations center about the incident and followed the Zamora vehicles enroute to the Baguio Country Club. Upon arrival, the group was asked for the required medical health clearance, but since none was presented, was politely told to undergo triage examination. Considering that they were already at their destination, medical personnel from the City Health Service Office were dispatched to BCC to set up the triage facility, purposely to ensure that containment and isolation, if needed, were done.
From this narration of facts, it can be reasonably sensed that Baguio's health and safety protocols have been violated and the regulatory mechanism of quarantine check and triage examination at the Naguillan facility was not followed.
To his credit, Mayor Zamora took the effort to inform me about this incident and apologized for the serious lapse on the part of his police escorting officer. He profusely expressed deep regrets that while asleep in his car at the time, the PNP escort leading his convoy mindlessly took it on his own to ignore what has long been a standard border protection measure prescribed not only in his but our own city.
It is clear that the San Juan City-based police officer who served as lead escort of his City Mayor's convoy has committed a serious breach of standing quarantine protocols. While in Metro Manila at that time, I gave stern instructions to my office staff and the city health authorities to see to it that the visiting Mayor's group, including himself, go through triage examination, for containment purposes should anyone be tested positive of the virus. Quick action on the part of the CHSO led to the installation of the triage at the former's facility to ensure that the procedure will be conducted and to minimize the movement of said persons before they were properly checked.
Subsequent complaints have also been lodged with concerned police officials, namely no less than the PNP Deputy Chief for Administration Police General Camilo "Picoy" Cascolan, the San Juan City Police City Director Jimmy Santos, and even our Baguio PNP city director Col. Allen Rae Co, to call their collective attention on this incident that put Baguio at serious health risk by the simple act of ignoring health and safety protocols.
I am confident that appropriate steps are forthcoming for this breach of health quarantine protocols, even more so in ensuring that absolutely no one, with or without rank, be allowed to transgress safety measures put in place to keep everyone out of harm.
Let this incident --- of avoidable mistakes and lapses in judgment --- serve to make us even steadfast to keep Baguio at zero or less health risk as possible.
- BENJAMIN B. MAGALONG, Baguio City Mayor
June 7, 2020
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San Juan Mayor at 30 pa, nilampasan mga checkpoint at triage sa Baguio?
Nilampasan umano ni San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora ang mga checkpoint at COVID-19 testing center sa Lungsod ng Baguio upang dumiretso sa Baguio Country Club.
Nagbitbit din ito ng entourage na 30 katao, ayon sa kumpirmasyon ni Baguio Sumbungan Forums moderator Dr. Clinton Balud.
Sabi ng netizen na si Kim Godeloson, "may instruction na sinabing dumiretso siya (Zamora) ng 'triage' pero hindi ito sumunod."
Dumiretso umano ang alkalde at mga kasama nito sa BCC "para magpasarap."
Pero, wika ni Balud, sinumbong ng club kay Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong ang ginawa nina Zamora kaya pinabalik umano ang mga ito sa triage.
Wala pang pahayag si Magalong sa insidente, pero naglabas kahapon si Baguio Police Director PCol. Allen Co ng pabatid.
Wika ni Co, sa Facebook page ng Baguio PIO, epektibo maging sa mga very important person at kapulisan ang kanilang patakarang cross-border checkpoint at paunang triage check sa sinumang papasok sa lungsod.
"This is to reiterate to the public that Baguio City is strictly implementing Cross-Border Checkpoints and initial Triage checks to whoever enters the city regardless of who the person is," ayon kay Co.
"We stress that the same rule applies to all VIPs and PNP members whether they are entering Baguio on their own or serving as an escort or security to somebody."
"Baguio's ace against COVID-19 is its discipline. Its people take the rules to heart. So please do as the Baguioans do: follow our rules even before you get to our place," wika pa nito.
San Juan Zamora's statement:
Baguio Mayor Magalong's statement: www.igorotage.com/p/y3BzoPQgp
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Magkaibigang inabutan ng lockdown sa Baguio, naging magjowa
Dalawang magkaibigan ang nagkaaminan ng kanilang damdamin sa isa't isa habang sila ay na-stuck sa Baguio dahil sa lockdown.
Mahabang panahon man na sila ay naging magkaibigan, sa huli ay magkaka-ibigan din pala.
Sa ulat ng Saksi, ang hindi inaasahang sitwasyon dulot ng pandemiya ag nagbigay ng daan para kay Jex Vilar at Zaldy Faller na lalo pang magkakilala at magkamabutihan.
"Kami lang eh! Wala kaming ibang kausap," saad ni Jex.
Isang araw umano ay tinanong ni Zaldy sa kaniya, "Ano tayo na ba?"
Hindi wari ni Jex na mayroon na palang paghanga sa kanya ang binata mula pa noong 2008.
Ayon sa ulat ay ligtas na nakabalik sina Jex at Zaldy sa kanilang tahanan sa Maynila, at ang kanilang totohanang first date ay makakapag-antay.
"Plano naming mag-date na hindi na makapag-facemask!" sabi ni Jex.
Ang Luzon ay naisalagay sa enhanced community quarantine noong March 17 at na-extend pa ng ilang beses. Nitong Mayo ay nagluwag na ng mga panuntunan sa Metro Manila, at naisailalim sa general community quarantine ng Hunyo 1.
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Baguio Canine "microchipping" starts November
Want to give "man's best friend" a bit more protection in case they get lost or stolen?
The mandatory installation of microchip tags on dogs will start this November.
Thus bared City Veterinary and Agriculture Office (CVAO) chief Dr. Bridgit Piok during the City Hall flag-raising program.
She said, installation of microchips is mandatory for pets that are three-months old or over.
The microchip tagging of dogs is pursuant to Ordinance No. 60-2020. It establishes easier ownership tracking of dogs; protection of pets from theft; monitoring schedule of anti-rabies jabs; and, establishing accountability of pet-owners, among others.
The micro tag which rests under the dog's skin holds information on the owner's name, address, contacts, and description of the canine.
It costs P300 per dog and may be administered in barangays during scheduled mass tagging activities or at the CVAO.
A registration certificate shall then be issued after the dog had been microchipped. It is a permanent record that lasts until the dog's lifetime, unless there a change of ownership.
When the dog passes, the owner is required to inform the barangay or CVAO within five days.
In changes of ownership, the new owner must report the same within a period not exceeding ten days. Registration by the new owner costs P250.
Under the ordinance, Piok revealed, absence of the chip on a dog three-months old or over violates Ordinance No. 60-2020. A fine of P2,000 shall be imposed upon the owner.
A fine of P2,000 is likewise imposed upon owners of stray pooches.
She said, any person who releases an impounded dog without it having been micro-tagged or without fees or fines having been paid by the owner shall be fined P1,000, over possible administrative or criminal charges.
The ordinance imposes an impounding fee of P500 per dog; maintenance fee of P50 per dog per day; and, adoption fee of P500 per dog, she added.
Piok disclosed, within three-days, unclaimed dogs at the city pound may be put up for adoption; or, donated for scientific studies; or, put down.
Report from Gaby Keith via PIO-BAGUIO (26 July 2020)
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