The tourist town of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur province will open its borders to tourists anywhere in the country, by March 1.
In his executive order released Saturday, Hinatuan Mayor Shem Garay said the opening of its doors to tourists is meant to help revive the heavily-hit travel and tourism sector and local economy amid the ongoing coronavirus disease pandemic.
“This move is yet another attempt at reviving and revitalizing the tourism industry and economy in Hinatuan which has been severely affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Garay said.
According to the mayor, tourists who wish to visit the town are required to present a medical certificate declaring them as free of COVID-19 and a valid identification document.
Hinatuan boasts of pristine beaches, resorts and other natural resources which have lured thousands of tourists.
It is also known for its Enchanted River, an abyss-like spring river with clear bluish water. CLC