LAOAG CITY, Oct. 30 (PIA) -- Want to know where to "find the one in region one" - possibly a great adventure, one exquisite food, unforgettable experience, or an amazing destination?
The Department of Tourism has recently launched www.philippines.travel/safeph, an online platform listing local destinations now accepting visitors despite COVID-19 pandemic.
This is to ensure that tourism stakeholders are implementing safety protocols and precautionary measures by the World Health Organization and the Department of Health to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Said website contains a list of all the region and provinces and the status of tourists destinations that are already open and where tourists came from.
"We have chosen to rebrand tourism in the region with 'Find the one in Region 1' because I believe we have all the makings of an amazing travel destination here," Joseph Emmanuel Ortega, tourism regional director, said.
In Ilocos Norte, after its tourism was reopened on Oct. 15, a total of 39 tourist spots in the 12 towns listed are now open to all Luzon residents subject to negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours before entry and visitor's pre-registration at ilocosnorte.ph and a valid SafePass QR code.
In Ilocos Sur, six tourism sites in Vigan City and Bantay and Santa Maria towns, are only open for now to their residents and Baguio City residents. The province is expected to reopen by Nov. 15 as announced by Governor Ryan Singson.
In La Union, the Urbiztondo beach area in San Juan and the Agoo Farm Eco Fun World, Camp Wagi, Eagle of the North all in Agoo town are already open for Luzon residents.
The Grape Farm in Bauang and Ma Cho Temple in San Fernando City are open for tourists from the region under MGCQ only.
The famous Tangadan Falls in San Gabriel is tentatively set to open on Nov. 15.
Meanwhile in Pangasinan, tourism destinations in Bolinao are open only to tourists in MGCQ areas, the Our Lady of Manaoag Basilica is now open to tourists in the region, and the Hundred Island National Park is only for the residents of the province.
Other features of the website include the frequently-asked questions on the quarantine levels in the different areas in the country and essential updates per classifications.
The list of licensed COVID-19 testing laboratories and certified accommodation establishments per region and province can also be found in the said platform.
Graphics on the reminders on the minimum health and safety protocols are also included.
Aside from visiting the page, for any concerns and clarifications, travelers may message DOT's official Facebook page and call their hotline 1-386. (JCR/JPD/JDS PIA La Union)