Iloilo governor: Tourist destinations, resorts off-limits

Published March 31, 2021, 11:42 AM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – To curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) this Holy Week, Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. has ordered tourist destinations and resorts in the towns of Iloilo province off-limits from visitors.

Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. of Iloilo province. (Tara Yap/Manila Bulletin)
Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. of Iloilo province. (Tara Yap/Manila Bulletin)

“It is necessary to implement additional and adjusted measures during the season of Lent considering the anticipated customary gatherings that may transpire,” said Defensor in Executive Order No. 2021-114.
Instead of going out during the Holy Week, Defensor urged Ilonggos to stay home and reflect.
The newest protocol that takes effect from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday (April 1-4) prohibits visitors from beaches, ecological parks, inland resorts, water parks, or amusement parks in the 42 towns and component city of Passi.
The governor also also temporarily banned the operation and use of facilities or venues such as swimming pools, cottages, dining halls, food stations, bars, hotels, motels, and other sites.
As of March 30, there are 603 active cases of COVID-19 in Iloilo province with 32 new cases.
Meanwhile, Defensor has reminded local government units (LGUs) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to work together in monitoring that the temporary ban on these areas are implemented.