Baguio City will undergo a “very, very gradual transition” should it be placed under general community quarantine after May 15 when the extended enhanced community quarantine is lifted, Mayor Benjamin Magalong said.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Magalong said the city government has prepared “calibrated, graduated sequential actions” on how to ease up restrictions on certain sectors.
“Baka within two weeks after May 15, baka parang nasa ECQ pa rin tayo,” he said.
He assured that these measures are compliant with the quarantine guidelines issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).
The mayor said these measures include the opening of construction to address critical projects which are subject to strict evaluation.
This will be followed by the opening of the transport sector, normalizing of government operations and key economic sectors like manufacturing, business process outsourcing (BPO), opening of key hotels with restaurants, small establishments to include restaurants and retail, and then scaled-down entertainment, worship gatherings, family-oriented activities, in that order.
Magalong stressed that the opening of above-mentioned sectors shall be demand-driven and will follow certain schedules.
Big hotels, on the other hand, will not be allowed to open yet.
“We will always be aligned with the general provisions of the general guidelines of the GCQ,” he said.
“What I’m saying is we have a plan on how to transition, but ‘yung by scheduling, unti-unti. Pati borders, di ko basta-basta open for all,” he added, emphasizing that systems will be put in place like on-line registration.
As to the operation of its Sto. Nino Hospital, which is designated as a COVID-19 facility, the mayor said, it is physically ready and is just awaiting finalization of staffing.
He said the hospital staffing will be funded by the DOH while the administrative support which include provision of security and utility manpower, will be shouldered by the city government.
He said that after May 11, they expect that all other hospitals in the city will no longer accept COVID 19 positive patients, except for Sto. Nino and BGH-MC.
“Ayaw natin mixed-use yung hospital natin,” he added.
Magalong said the city is finalizing proposed modifications in the general guidelines under GCQ, which will be shared with the public in due time.