LOOK: Calaguas and El Nido islands have re-opened to local tourists

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Calaguas and El Nido reopened to local tourists
The DOT is moving to restart local tourism economies to help businesses and workers cope with the losses because of the pandemic. Photos from the Calaguas FB page and El Nido News FB page.

LOOK: The Philippines’ Calaguas Island and El Nido in Palawan, two of the hottest travel destinations in the country, have reopened to local tourists after following the health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The tourism sector is one of the hardest hit by the health crisis which is why the Department of Tourism (DOT) is reviving the industry by gradually allowing the operation of some of the most sought after travel destinations in the country.

The Calaguas Group of Islands in Camarines Norte and all other tourist destinations in the municipality have reopened on July 7, 2020, along with safety guidelines from the Local Government Unit.

Here are some of the guidelines to follow:

  • Will only accept tourists from Camarines Norte
  • DOT accredited enterprises and establishments with DOT certificate of authority to operate
  • Strictly no tent accommodation in Calaguas Island
  • No overnight stay in Quinamanukan Island
  • Every tourist shall secure a medical clearance from their place of origin attached to the health check-list which will be submitted to the Vinzons Municipal Tourism and Heritage Operations office 2 days prior to date of travel

Meanwhile, the world-famous El Nido in Palawan Island which was recently voted as the Best Island in the World has also reopened to local tourists starting July 6 as a dry-run for a Palawan-wide resumption of tourism activities in September 2020.

The Provincial Government of Palawan and DOT convened in El Nido with the aim of reviving the Tourism of the island especially in Coron, El Nido, and San Vicente.

“The DOT sees domestic travel as the catalyst to reviving our industry. We are happy that Governor Alvarez had earlier expressed his intention to reopen tourism in the province as early as possible, and we will be pleased to work with you towards recovery every step of the way,” said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Puyat.

Some of the El Nido resorts have successfully completed the dry-run on July 17, 2020, following the DOT’s guidelines.

Listed are some of the health protocols to follow:

  • Upon arrival at the airport, guests must head straight to the resorts
  • Physical distancing observance
  • Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) of Palawan staff who will accommodate the guests

The country’s most sought after travel spots that have re-opened include the Cagsawa Ruins with the Mayon Volcano view in Albay, Baguio City’s Camp John Hay, and Boracay Island.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to the people of Calaguas and El Nido islands for re-opening to local tourists while observing health protocols.

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Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo
Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo was a contributor in the News Letter of her former agency and is currently a content writer on her church's website and social media platform. She is now a full-time housewife who wants to re-ignite her passion for writing.