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Siargao still ‘safe and fun destination’, governor assures tourists

The world renowned Siargao Island remains “safe and fun destination” for tourists and travelers despite siege of Marawi City. Contributed photo

Siargao Island remains a “safe and fun destination” for all tourists and travelers despite the ongoing clashes between government security forces and Maute terror group in Marawi City, according to Surigao del Norte Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol F. Matugas.

“Flow of business is running normal and arrivals of tourists in both foreign and domestic are still coming despite of the recent declaration of martial law in Mindanao by President Duterte,” Matugas said.

The governor assured all tour operators and industry players that Siargao’s tourism establishments and activities remains safe from any threat, saying Marawi is “far from Caraga region.”

“Surigao del Norte is very much peaceful and peace order remains under control by all law enforcement agencies, especially by our military and police,” Matugas added.

Matugas said she is confident that the military and the police are capable of safeguarding foreign and domestic travelers flocking to the world renowned surfing destination.

“We are on top of the situation with the support of the various peace and order councils and locals continue with their daily routine and all efforts are being made to maintain its peace and security,” she said, adding the province was already declared by the Philippine Army as “insurgency-free” since 2015.

Meanwhile, the Caraga Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) said that the peace and order condition of the whole region is relatively peaceful with no reported presence of terror groups.

“Everything is relatively peaceful and no fear of terror group, walang nakapasok na Maute terror group sa ating region, but our troops on the ground with the Army and other law enforcement agencies are closely maintaining their respective tasks,” said RPOC Vice Chairman Chief Supt. Rolando B. Felix, regional director of Caraga Police Regional Office 13. By CLC

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