Samal resumes tourism activities on September 16

DAVAO CITY — The Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos) in Davao will reopen some of its tourism activities like scuba diving,  island hopping, and aqua sports activities on September 16.

In a “Laging Handa” network briefing with Presidential Communications Operation Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin M. Andanar recently, Igacos Mayor Al David Uy said the local government has decided to gradually open the island city’s tourism activities after initially opening them since last month.

UY said they already opened the big resorts in Igacos in the first week of August except for some like scuba diving, trekking, island hopping. He shared that they have allowed tourists at 50 percent of the capacity of the resort and practice ‘no booking, no entry policy’ in all resorts.” .

To facilitate easy identification of tourists for contact tracing purposes, Uy said their KGU has created a hotline to process bookings for resorts wherein each individual is assigned a QR code.

He assured that they adhere strictly to the rules set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) “to ensure the safety of our tourists.” He likewise reminded tourists “that the city’s liquor ban and 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew remain in effect, and that ferry boats and bancas going to the island are only up to 9 p.m.”

“In Samal, we cater to tourists from the Davao Region as long as they go through the prescribed processes. Our isolation facilities and testing kits are ready. Yhe QR Code helps in efficient contact tracing and monitoring in our barangays,” he said.

(Photo courtesy of Samal City Website)

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