Baguio to ban visitors from NCR, nearby provinces

Rosette Adel (Philstar.com) - March 22, 2021 - 1:24pm

MANILA, Philippines — Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong on Monday announced that the city would no longer accept tourists from general community quarantine areas.

“Because of the recent issuance of IATF Resolution No. 104, we will make necessary adjustments. Hindi tayo tatanggap coming from NCR (National Capital Region), some parts of Region 3 and Region 4 specifically Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite Laguna,” he said at the Baguio City Hall Grounds.

The IATF Resolution No. 104 released Sunday restricted non-essential travels to and from Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite and Laguna as the country’s COVID-19 cases topped 7,000 for three-consecutive days.

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Magalong said that tourists from these areas comprise almost 70% of the city’s visitors.

During the Tourism and Technology Forum last Wednesday, Baguio City tourism officer Alec Mapalo said an average of 2,359 travels are being approved via the tourist management app Baguio VIS.I.T.A.

From March 1 to 14, the city received 33,086 travel requests and only 33,029 were approved.

“We will be expecting downtrend of our visitors especially during holy week,” the city chief executive said.

“That’s one way of controlling mobility,” he added.

The mayor added that the city availed of active community for four days.

Out of 2,641 who underwent Real-Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction test, only 30 tested positive for COVID-19.

As of March 21, the city has a total 6,877 cases with 714 active cases, 117 deaths and 6,046 recoveries.

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June 18, 2021 - 10:22am

The pandemic task force's directives on quarantine and testig supercede those of local government units, it says in a press statement through the Presidential Communications Operations Office. 

"[T]he IATF reiterates the strict enforcement of current testing and quarantine protocols duly approved and issued by the IATF for inbound international travelers in all ports of the country regardless of any specific protocols that may be issued the local government units on the contrary," it says.

It adds national government agencies have been instructed "to ensure strict adherence to the abovementioned directive."

June 17, 2021 - 1:04pm

Japan says it will make a vaccine passport available from next month for Japanese travellers, as governments around the world experiment with ways to relaunch tourism and business trips.

"We are preparing to issue a certificate of vaccination for those who need one... when they visit foreign countries," top government spokesman Katsunobu Kato tells reporters.

The certificate will be paper-based rather than digital and will be issued by local governments from sometime next month, he says. — AFP

June 17, 2021 - 11:41am

The Department of Tourism says there has been a 61.2% decrease in the contribution of the tourism industry to the Philippine economy in 2020. 

The Tourism Direct Gross Value Added, based on the data of the Philippine Statistics Authority, dropped to P973.31 billion last year compared with the P2.51 trillion in 2019.

"This is only 5.4% of  the industry’s contribution to the country’s gross domestic product, a steep decline from the 12.8 percent in 2019," the DOT says in a statement.

June 11, 2021 - 7:53am

Two guests on one of the first cruise ships to sail from North America since the COVID-19 pandemic hit tested positive Thursday, the cruise company said, adding all passengers and crew had been vaccinated.

The Celebrity Millennium, carrying about 600 passengers and 650 crew, set sail from the Caribbean island of St. Maarten on Saturday for a seven-day including stops in Barbados, Aruba and Curacao.

"Two guests sharing a stateroom onboard Celebrity Millennium tested positive for COVID-19 while conducting the required end-of-cruise testing," Royal Caribbean said in a statement.

"The individuals are asymptomatic and currently in isolation."

It said that the ship exceeded US COVID-19 guidelines, and all guests were required to show proof of vaccination as well as a negative COVID-19 test before sailing. — AFP

June 9, 2021 - 10:04am

The US State Department urges Americans to reconsider travel to the Philippines because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for the Philippines due to COVID-19, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country," it says in a travel advisory, saying also that there are restrictions on the entry of US citizens into the country.

"Additionally, exercise increased caution due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and kidnapping," it also says.

The US State Department says US citizens should not travel to the Sulu Archipelago and Marawi City because of security risks, which include "crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and kidnapping." Travel to other areas of Mindanao should also be reconsidered for the same reasons.

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