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Camiguin to open doors for tourism, October 25

CAMIGUIN (PIA)–Aiding the national government in boosting the economy, the provincial government here now gears for the opening of tourism in the province, October 25, 2021.

“Mag-ready na ta para sa atong Probinsya sa Camiguin, by October 25, 2021, officially, nananghid na dayon ko sa Regional IATF atong Wednesday nga i-open na nato ang Probinsya sa Camiguin,” Gov. Jurdin Jesus Romualdo said during the Serbisyong PPR radio program, October 8.

(We should now gear up here in the Province of Camiguin. By October 25, 2021, officially, I have already asked permission from the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force last Wednesday that we will open the Province of Camiguin)

Part of the preparation, Romualdo stressed, is for the workers of resorts and restaurants to be fully vaccinated. Tourist guides as well as vendors along the sites should also be vaccinated against COVID-19 to ensure protection for both the tourists and the locals of the province. 

As for the number of tourists to be accommodated per day, the governor said they are targeting 40% of the 2,000 carrying capacity of the province. 

“Pag-booking pud ana sa hotel, maihap mana nato. 2,000 a day, butang nato nga carrying capacity. Example, so 40% of 2,000 a day, so 800 a day. So everyday, 800 [ka mga turista ang ipasulod],” he added.

(During hotel booking, we can immediately count the 2,000 (tourists) per day, our carrying capacity. So example, if we allow 40% of the 2,000 tourists a day, we have 800 tourists a day. Everyday, we will accommodate 800 tourists)

During the Serbisyong PPR radio program, October 8, Gov. Jurdin Jesus Romualdo says the province will open its tourism by October 25, 2021. (FMR)

On a drafted guidelines for the entry in the province, Romualdo said only fully vaccinated tourists shall be permitted to enter the province. 

An individual is considered fully vaccinated when at least two weeks have passed since he or she received a second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or since he or she received a single dose COVID-19 vaccine, and such vaccine is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Philippines. 

Tourists are also required to register in the province’s CleanCamiguin QR system through www.cleancamiguinqr.com for easy contact tracing.

Romualdo further added that tourists must also have a confirmed reservation with an accommodation establishment in the province. For tourists staying in a private homestay, a clearance of the barangay government shall be required on a confirmed reservation.

A negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result is also required prior to entry in the province. 

For tourists coming from the National Capital Region (NCR), the negative RT-PCR test results must be obtained 72 hours from the time their swabs were tested and 48 hours for the tourists from Visayas and Mindanao.

Resorts, sites and facilities in the province are also required to comply with the minimum public health standards and proper sanitation to ensure safety in accommodating guests. (RTP/PIA-10/Camiguin)