COVID-free PMA cannot be visited as Baguio reopens for tourism

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 19) — The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) will be off limits as Baguio City reopens its doors to tourists from the north.

Commandant Brigadier General Romeo Brawner Jr. said during the visit of the National Task Force against COVID-19 Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) team in Baguio City that the PMA remains COVID-free.

In line with this, Baguio City Mayor and contact tracing czar Benjamin Magalong approved the request of Brawner to exempt the tourist spot from being visited as the city’s tourism industry prepares to get back on its feet on September 22.

“Mayroon sana kaming request, if we could exempt PMA from the tourist destinations that will be opened this September 22,” he said.

[Translation: We have a request to exempt PMA from the tourist destinations that will be opened this September 22.]

Visitors from the Ilocos Region will be allowed to visit the Summer Capital of the country as long as the public follows the protocols accordingly.

Baguio City Tourism Officer Aleck Mapalo also clarified that the 200 daily tourists don't necessarily have to be a new set of visitors per day.

“So if you are staying for more than a day, so naka block na yung other days mo (your other days are blocked) as part of your count. So that means our online system will be counting also the days you are here. Not only during the entry," he said.

Tourists will be asked to submit documents online such as medical certificate, result of COVID-19 antigen or RT-PCR test, and travel pass. They also have to present their QR code before they can enter the city to limit exposure to the virus.

CNN Philippines' correspondent David Santos contributed to this report.