Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Davao Oriental releases tourism guidelines

Photo by Ace Perez

THE Provincial Government of Davao Oriental will now be regulating the entry of tourists in the province, especially on weekends, when a "no booking, no entry" policy will be implemented.

Davao Oriental Governor Nelson Dayanghirang issued Executive Order (EO) 40 on Monday, October 5, reiterating the health and safety guidelines on the operation of tourism and related establishments while the province is under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

According to the EO, walk-in guests will not be allowed to stay overnight in the province's tourist destination. They must present a confirmed booking appointment in the accommodation establishment. All border control checkpoints will have a list of establishments accredited by the Department of Tourism (DOT).

Tourism establishments are urged to utilize online or mobile modes of reservation and payment applications.

Upon entering, guests will undergo a mandatory screening that includes checking of body temperatures using a thermal scanner or thermometer gun.

Tourists are also required to secure a health declaration through a mobile application or other contactless means, prior to boarding any transport service going to their respective destination.

Guests who have fever or any flu-like symptoms will not be allowed to enter, and will be referred to a nearby hospital, or to the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team, as prescribed by the Department of Health (DOH).

For group bookings of more than five members, specifically biker or rider groups who want to visit the province, should also secure a prior booking requirement to their destination. Their booking will be checked at all border control points in the province.

The EO also states that the local government, including the barangays and tourist police, will conduct random inspection of tourism establishments and resorts to check their compliance with the order.

The province's tourism activity had gradually resumed since the province shifted to MGCQ early June this year. The province's well-known tourist destinations are the Aliwagwag Falls in Cateel, and the Dahican Beach in Mati City.


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