Peñablanca mayor orders closure of tourist spots

PEÑABLANCA, Cagayan, March 25 (PIA) -- The Local Government Unit here has ordered the temporary closure of all public natural tourist destinations as one of the measures to control the further increase of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the town. 

Mayor Washington Taguinod orders the closure of all tourist spots in Peñablanca town to contain the spread of COVID-19. (by Peñablaca Direct) 

Mayor Washington M. Taguinod, in his Executive Order Number 11, stated that despite mitigation measures that are in place, there were reports of visitors frequently coming to tourist destinations in the town, violating the  prescribed health and safety protocols. 

He also said that most of the tourists were monitored as violating solid waste and sanitation standards, which could jeopardize the safety, health, and wellness of the locals. 

"No one, whether a resident of this town or visitors, who shall enter the area for recreation or leisure purposes, shall be allowed entry," Taguinod stressed. 

He also ordered officials of the barangays where the destinations are located to effect immediate closure and conduct clean-up drives until the order is lifted. 

Peñablanca is the flagship tourist destination of Cagayan Valley, having been dubbed as the Caving Capital of Northern Philippines and the Land of a Thousand Caves. 

Recently, there were a lot of newly discovered destinations in the town, which encouraged tourists from different places to visit the spots amid the pandemic. 

Mayor Taguinod, in his order, further stated that only lodging establishments with a Certificate of Authority to Operate or Provisional Certificate Authority to Operate issued by the Department of Tourism shall be allowed to accommodate guests and clients. 

Taguinod also ordered that accommodation establishments and other secondary enterprises may operate at 50 percent capacity only and with strict compliance of the minimum health standards set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for COVID-19. (JCK/OTB/PIA-Cagayan) 

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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