Quirino tourism destinations now open for residents only

CABARROGUIS, Quirino, Dec. 18(PIA)-- Governor Dakila Carlo E. Cua, chairperson of the  Council for Tourism, Culture and the Arts (QCTCA), announced recently that some of the province’s tourist attractions were officially reopened for tourists adopting the “Quirino for Quirinian” strategy.

In one of the episodes of his regular Governor’s Hour aired at 92. 1 DWQP FM, Cua said some selected tourist spots will be opened for Quirinians only to ensure the safety of both the tourists and the tourism stakeholders.

Among the tourism destinations that are now officially open for locals are Claredita – Victoria, Aglipay;  Quirino Province Museum, Quirino Watersports Complex, Susong Dalaga – Cabarroguis; Ganano Falls – Baguio Village, Diffun and Maria Angela Falls – Jose Ancheta, Maddela.

Based on the results of the  series of mock tours conducted by a team composed of the  Association of Tourism Officers (ATOP)-Quirino Chapter, Quirino Tour Operators Association and the Quirino Ecoguides Association (TARABAY), the said sites are now ready to accept local tourists with the strict compliance to the  Health and Safety Guidelines governing the Operations of Tourism Sites and Activities under the New Normal as imposed by the Department of Tourism (DOT).

During the mock tours, the team checked the restructuring and recalibration of sites’ physical or ground set-up, readiness of tourism frontliners/workers and the documents and facilities that should be in place. 

A handwashing area must be installed  for the tourists as well as signages and information boards on health and safety protocols.

Also, the carrying capacity imposed by the DOT must be strictly followed  to avoid over-crowding and physical contact among tourists. 

In Quirino, safe bubble travel, or traveling of group of individuals who belong to the same household or group with a maximum number of 10 persons, is  recommended.

Furthermore, local tourists must secure a Tourism Pass from their home barangay  signed by the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) and the Punong Barangay certifying that the local tourist has no travel history outside the province for the past 14 days and no Covid-19 symptoms for the past 14 days.

A pre-booking strategy through the DOT-accredited tour operators in the province is also highly encouraged.

“Local tourists are reminded to wear face mask, observe social distancing, bring 70% alcohol or hand sanitizer and practice regular hand washing,” Cua said.

Meanwhile, the Municipality of Nagtipunan has already opened its doors for local tourists since December 15, 2020.  The delay in Nagtipunan’s reopening was due to the damages caused by typhoon Ulysses. (TCB)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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