CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–Camiguin’s reopening of its tourist sites is good news for the rest of the country as it sparks recovery from economic drawbacks of COVID-19 pandemic, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-10 Regional Director Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño said.
“This economic opening in Camiguin is very welcome news because it benefits the province’s economy particularly in ancillary services like transportation, food establishments, tour guides, and other downstream industries,” she said.
As a booming tourist destination, Camiguin is famous for its extraordinary sites like Mantigue Island White Island, Mount Hibok-Hibok, and the recently-declared national heritage sites—the Bonbon Church Ruins and Sunken Cemetery in Catarman town.
Cariño said the government has also renovated and upgraded the Camiguin Airport, which opened job opportunities in the island province.
The lady executive shared that this can speed up tourism recovery due to its ripple effect in the neighboring provinces while the Department of Tourism gears up to give the green light for other areas to reopen its attractions to more domestic tourists with minimum health and safety standards in place.
“With Camiguin leading the way, we are hopeful that more provinces will be inspired to follow suit. We are confident that if we continue to adhere to our public health standards and other safety protocols, our tourism sector can rebound,” Cariño said. (JAKA/PIA-10)