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Guinsiliban mayor: Get vaccinated to open tourism, economy

GUINSILIBAN, Camiguin (PIA)–Aiming to boost the economy and eventually open tourism, Guinsiliban Mayor Helenio Abecia urged locals to get vaccinated against coronavirus disease (COVID)-19.
 
“Malaki ang problema sa turismo dito sa Guinsiliban although maliit lang ‘yung turismo namin pero being na nag-quarantine tayo, being nag-COVID tayo, kinokontrol natin, restricted natin ‘yung movement ng tao. Talagang nawawala ‘yung turismo ng Guinsiliban,” Abecia said during the Network Briefing News, August 25.
 
(We have a big problem in tourism here in Guinsiliban, although we only have a few tourist spots because when we implemented the quarantine, when we had COVID cases, we already controlled, restricted the movements of the people.  Tourism in Guinsiliban was really gone)
 
He added that they have recorded 18% completion on the first dose of COVID-19 vaccination and 9% for the second dose. Thus, they are trying to convince people to be vaccinated since most of the fatalities in the town were unvaccinated senior citizens or with co-morbidities.
 
To entice people to take part in the vaccination program, Abecia said they also provide ‘ayuda’ or incentives, especially to those who have been fully vaccinated. 
 
The Local Government of Guinsiliban is also aided by the national and provincial government in providing immediate assistance to those who were isolated or placed on lockdown. 
 
In containing the spread of COVID-19, Abecia said they have barangay isolation units managed by the barangay chairpersons, municipal isolation unit and the holding area to handle the locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs). 
 
“So far naman, maganda naman ang pagpapatakbo natin sa isolation unit sa kada barangay at saka sa isolation unit natin dito sa bayan ng Guinsiliban at saka sa holding area,” he said adding that they also conduct information drives to heighten awareness on COVID-19.
 
(So far, we have managed well the isolation unit in every barangay as well as the municipal isolation unit of Guinsiliban, and the holding area)
 
Livelihood, tourism in Guinsiliban
 
Urging locals to opt for farming temporarily while tourism is halted due to COVID-19, Abecia said they support the production of coconut, copra, lanzones, mango, cassava and banana in the area. 
 
Some are dependent on fishing while others work as laborers or contractors. “Maraming mga project na pinarating ni Pres. Duterte at ni Cong. XJ Romualdo at ni Governor. So ‘yung iba naman nagle-laborer sila sa construction firm para mapatuloy ang hanapbuhay ng bawat pamilya.” he said. 
 
(There are a lot of projects given to the town by Pres. Duterte, Cong. XJ Romualdo and the Governor. Thus, the others worked as laborers in construction firms to continue making a living for their family)
 
Prior to COVID-19 pandemic, Abecia said a lot of local tourists visit Mt. Calvary at Mt. Ilihan, especially during the holy week. He added that the provincial government helped them in beautifying the area where they created the 14 stations for the holy week.
 
For other recreational activities, Abecia said tourists can also enjoy the Cabuan Community Village, which is managed by the barangay council. Guinsiliban also has the Barangay Walkway in Barangay Liong.
 
As of August 24, Camiguin has recorded 166 COVID-19 confirmed cases of which 69 are from Mambajao, Mahinog (34), Guinsiliban (10), Sagay (8) and Catarman (34). 
 
Eleven are availing the no quarantine policy. From March 2020-present, there are 912 recoveries and 66 deaths due to COVID-19 in the province. (RTP/PIA-10)