BAGUIO CITY — Most tourist spots in Abra including the famed Kaparkan Falls in Caganayan, Tineg and other tourist destinations in the province have opened. Only to local residents though.
The Provincial Anti-COVID Task Force Executive Committee headed by Governor Ma. Jocelyn Bernos who met this week to assess the Covid-19 situation and calibrate its responses to the pandemic decided to stay its policy of disallowing tourists from outside the province, though welcomed its residents to savor its scenic mountain spots and destinations.
Gov. Bernos ordered that health and safety protocols are followed at the tourist spots enforced by respective local government units.
This as the Provincial Health Office-Epidemiology Surveillance Unit recorded 99 Covid-19 cases in the province from February to October 27, 2020. 11 are active cases. Only two deaths were logged since March.
Abra’s pandemic management was considered by the PACTF to be effective citing a low 39.6 per 100,000 population prevalence rate.
While a total of 6,248 Covid-19 specimens were sent to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center and the Ilocos Regional Training and Medical Center laboratories since February this year.
Though the Kaparkan Falls in Brgy. Caganayan in Tineg was opened to local tourists, other sites in the town like the Piwek Rock Formations and Vira Caves are still closed while the LGU is working on the guidelines.
In Lagayan, the popular Lusuac Spring Resort is open to locals. Interested visitors can coordinate through the official Facebook page of Lagayan Tourism Council for online booking. As part of the new normal, tourists are required to accomplish and present the health declaration forms and tourism registration forms. Lagayan Mayor Edmarc Crisologo clarified that the tourism council only allows a maximum of 30 visitors to the Lusuac Spring per day.
Tourism Consultant George Anthony Lalin from the Office of Congressman JB Bernos, reiterated that local tourists are still required to strictly adhere to all health protocols amid the pandemic.
“The LGUs are now working on the gradual re-opening of their tourist sites. However, we advise the public to continuously follow all health protocols as part of the new normal even when tourism is already allowed,” he said.
Some LGUs such as Daguioman and Tubo are still not accepting tourists even locals. ●