Magalong asked to recall of order restricting travel between Baguio City, Itogon

Published November 4, 2020, 9:37 AM

by Zaldy Comanda

BAGUIO CITY – The Sangguniang Bayan of Itogon, Benguet is asking Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong to recall his earlier advisory on the temporary restricted access between Baguio City and Itogon municipality that took effect on 12 noon of November 3.

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

The resolution underscored that the temporary restriction on the entry of the people of Itogon to Baguio City posed an additional burden for the residents of Itogon.

The resolution underscored the huge number of Itogon residents, who work in Baguio City, and depend on the city for basic and essential needs, like food and medicines.

The resolution has already been forwarded to the office of Magalong.

Meanwhile, after a surge in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the past few days, the mining town of Itogon in Benguet posted no infection on Tuesday, November 3, and will continue to contend with 427 active cases, according to Mayor Victor Palangdan.

Palangdan said the active cases were confined at the following isolation and treatment facilities: Itogon (Malasin), Itogon-Suyoc Resources Inc. (ISRI) facility, RHS, Virac Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility (TTMF), Benguet Corp. Facility, Provincial TTMF, Itogon District Hospital, and private hospitals.

Palangdan said there were confirmed asymptomatic cases, and these have remained self-isolated since all isolation facilities are full.

“Rest assured that they are regularly monitored by MHO. Isolation is currently undertaken through our collaborative efforts with the Regional Task Force on COVID19,” he said.

The Itogon Municipal Health Office reported that the surge of positive cases occurred only in two barangays, which were immediately placed under granular hard lockdown concentrating in the affected sitios.

There was a rise in the number of confirmed cases in Barangay Poblacion, with 104 cases and Barangay Virac, with 273 cases. These arose after mass testing was conducted at Benguet Corporation.

As of 6 p.m., November 3, the municipal has a total of 514 confirmed cases, 427 active, 82 recovered, and four deaths.