Baguio lodging facilities getting prepped for eventual reopening

Published July 2, 2020, 12:15 PM

by Zaldy Comanda

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Benjamin Magalong said city managers have started conducting talks with local lodging providers in preparation for the relaxation of quarantine measures that will allow  them to operate even as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat remains. 

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong (Photo from Benjie Magalong – Public Servant / Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

“We, in the city government, would like to know your suggestions, experiences, and the problem, so we can help you rise once again,” Magalong said.

Atty. Althea Alberto, executive assistant to the mayor, bared the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) guidelines for the operation of lodging establishments in areas under national quarantine measures.

Alberto said establishments with five rooms or more must secure a certificate of authority to operate (CAO) from the DOT.

The DOT will inspect the lodging facilities to ensure that  stringent health measures are in place.

Accommodation facilities with less than five rooms are inspected and issued the necessary certificates by the City Tourism Office (CTO) before they are allowed to receive guests.

Guests are welcome in the establishments for work or leisure.The establishments are only allowed to operate at 50-percent capacity. In-house services which include canteens, gyms, or spas should likewise operate at 50 percent capacity.

Alberto said those who make use of lodging establishments for leisure purposes must be from the Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, Tublay (BLISTT) area. 

The city has been holding similar consultations with the transportation services and leisure sectors in the past weeks.