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Baguio, 3 Cordillera provinces downgraded to alert level 1, 3 remain at AL2

BUSY AS BEFORE. The Joy Bus / Genesis Bus depot at Gov. Pack Road is back to 100 percent open for business Monday, prior the start of Baguio under Alert Level 1 on March 1. Pigeon Lobien Photo

Four Cordillera government units join 34 other areas and the National Capital Region to be under Alert Level 1 starting Tuesday, March 1.

The Inter-Agency Task Force approved a resolution Sunday, placing NCR as well as Baguio City and the provinces of Abra, Apayao and Kalinga in this region, under said alert level until March 15.

The same order placed all of Region 1 – Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Norte and Sur and Dagupan City – the whole of Region 2 – Batanes, Cagayan, Quirino, Isabela and City of Santiago – the Region 3 provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Pampangaas well as the cites of Angeles and Olongapo.

The provinces of Laguna and Cavite in Region 4-A and Marinquque, Romblon and Puerto Princesa in Region 4-B, while Naga City and Catanduanes are the only localities in the Bicol Region under said alert level.

Those in the Visayas islands are Aklan, Bacolod City, Caiz and Guimaras (Region 6), Siquijor (Region 7), and Biliran (Region in the Mindanao area, the areas placed under said alert level are: Zamboanga (Region 9); Cagayan de oro and Camiguin (Region 10); and, Davao City (Region 11).

Meanwhile, Benguet, Ifugao and Mountain Province remain under alert level level 2 along with the Luzon areas of Nueva Vizcaya (Region 2); Nueva Ecija and Zambales (Region 2); Batangas, Lucena City, Quezon and Rizal (Region 4-A); Mindoro Occidental and Oriental and Palawan (Region 4-B); and, Albay, Camarines Norte and Sur, Masbate and Cantanduanes (Bicol).

Those under alert level 2 in the Visayas are: Antique, Iloilo City, Iloilo Province and Negros Occidental (Region 6); Bohol, Cebu Province and City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandau City and Negros Oriental (Region 7); and, Eastern, Northern and Western Samar, Tacloban City, Ormoc City and the whole island of Leyte (Region in Mindanao, the areas under alert level 2 are: City of Isabela, Zamboanga del Sur, del Norte and Sibugay (Region 9; Bukidnon, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Oriental (Region 10); Davao de Oro, del Sur, del Norte, Oriental and Occidental in Region 11; General Santos City, North and South Cotabato, Saranggani and Sultan Kudarat (Region 12); Surigao del Norte and del Sur, North and South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat (CARAGA); and the Bangsaramoro Autonomous Region provinces of Basilan, Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-tawi, Lanao del Sur and Cotabato City.

Meanwhile, Abra Gov. Joy Bernos has allowed bus travel to and from the province. In Executive Order No. FB-03 starting today, Monday, prior the effectivity of its lowered alert level tomorrow.

In said order, Bernos approved bus companies to ply to and from Abra if bus operators have submitted names of their employees, their copy of vaccination card, company ID that they are allowed to travel.

This, the order said, should assure that all employees are fully vaccinated for the safety of the passengers.

Passengers on the other hand must present valid or company ID, vaccine card and proof of residency, while those not from Abra must present a proof of transaction. Those that cannot be jabbed due to medical reasons must present a negative antigen test, RT-PCR result and medical certificate that one cannot be vaccinated.

Also passengers must wear their face mask while inside the bus, must not eat and travel is point to point where persons cannot board a bus along the way and tourists not from Abra are not allowed to ride.

All public transports can now have a 100 percent capacity.

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