Tight border control pact forge between Baguio, Benguet LGUs vs COVID

Published June 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Zaldy Comanda

BAGUIO CITY – A tight border control pact was forged between the local government officials of Baguio and Benguet to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Mayor Benjamin Magalong (JJ Landingin / MANILA BULLETIN)
Mayor Benjamin Magalong

Mayor Benjamin Magalong said: “Anything that happens in one locality impacts the others. As neighbors, we have to work together and protect each other.”

Magalong said the current spike in COVID-19 cases in the adjoining LGUs is alarming. He urged his fellow mayors to sustain their close working relationship for the benefit of Baguio and Benguet residents.

Magalong hosted the Benguet LGUs during the Baguio City Inter-Agency Task Force meeting at the city hall. Those who attended were Mayors Romeo Salda of La Trinidad; Victorio Palangdan of Itogon; Clarita Sal-ongan of Tuba; Ruben Tinda-an of Buguias; Armando Lauro of Tublay; Thomas Wales of Bokod; Frenzel Ayong of Mankayan; and, Vice Mayor Arthur Baldo of Sablan.

Magalong rallied his fellow chief executives to tighten border controls to prevent unauthorized travelers from attempting to reach any of the LGUs via interconnecting roads within the Baguio-Benguet LGU cluster.

He said he will talk to the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) and the Benguet Provincial Police Office (BPPO) regarding possible areas of cooperation.