Iloilo tourist sites, resorts reopen

Published October 18, 2021, 10:41 AM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY — More than five months of restrictions due to high COVID-19 cases, tourist destinations and resorts in Iloilo province have finally reopened.

In Executive Order No. 2021-575, Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. is now allowing visitors to beaches, ecological parks, inland resorts, water parks, or amusement parks in the 42 towns and component city of Passi.

This was after the national government downgraded Iloilo province to general community quarantine (GCQ) status effective October 16.

Locals take a dip at a dam in Maasin town, Iloilo province. (Tara Yap/Manila Bulletin)

For months, Iloilo province was under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) and was also under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) last July 16-31. Based on national government policy, leisure travel or tourism is not allowed under MECQ or ECQ.

With the resumption of tourism and other leisure activities, venues of beach and in-land resorts can only allow 50 percent of its capacity.

The Iloilo Provincial Tourism Office led by Gilbert Marin will coordinate with industry stakeholders in the proper implementation of health protocols.

These tourism-related places must also adhere to guidelines set by both the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Trade and Industry.